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VOL. 29 JANUARY, 1982 NO* 1 

"Dearly beloved/ I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/' 1 Peter 2: 1 ] 


If I had but one year to live; 
One year to help; one year to give; 
One year to love; one year to bless; 
One year of better things to stress-; 
One year to sing; one year to smile; 
To brighten earth a little while; 
One year to sing my Master's praise; 
One year to fill with work my days; 
One year to strive for a reward , 
When I should stand before my Lord* 
I think that I should spend each day 
Witnessing along the way 
For my Lord. For from afar 
The call may come to cross the bar 
At any time, and I must be 
Prepared to meet eternity. 

So if I have a year to live, 
Or just one day in which to give 
A pleasant smile, a helping hand, 
A mind that tries to understand, 
A fellow-creature when in need, 
! Tis one with me — I take no heed; 
But try to live each day He sends 
To serve my gracious Master 1 s ends, 

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Another year is gone and we stand on the threshold 
of a new year — 1982. In a sense, we are building, and 
the room we were working on has been completed and we 
must move on. Or perhaps it was incomplete, but we 
must move on anyway. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote the poem "The Chambered 
Nautilus " about a sea creature that makes its shell as 
it grows* Each year it builds a new, larger chamber, 
moves into this new room and closes up the door behind 
it. It cannot return to the small room of tne year 
before. But each new chamber is larger and more beau- 
tiful than the one before it. The poet describes this 
creature and its spiral, partitioned shell (which he 
evidently found on the seashore) and then takes a 
lesson from it. 

Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee, 
Child of the wandering sea, 
Cast from her lap, forlorn! . . . 
While on mine ear it rings 

Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice 
that sings: 

Build thee more stately mansions, my soul, 

As the swift seasons roll! 

Leave thy low-vaulted past! 
let each new temple, nobler than the last, 
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast 

Till thou at ' length art free, 
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting 

This is a good New Year's thought for us. Though 
we know that without God we can do nothing, yet with 
Him we can do all things. "For it is God which 
worketh in you both to will and to do of his good 


pleasure." (Philippians 2:13) Cur improvement Is His 
will. He calls us to "-grow in grace , and in the know- 
ledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ- To him be 
glory both now and for ever. Amen." (II Peter 3:18) 
This growth is certainly not accomplished by our own 
abilities but by the grace and power and Spirit of God. 
However , God has left the choosing to us. We must 
yield to Him or He will not be able to help us. And, 
for this reason, He holds us responsible. 

We may feel that we made very little progress in 
1981. It is common to feel this way, and perhaps it 
is all too true. In gauging our progress we must have 
the right "yardstick". Financial progress, physical 
growth, acquiring worldly knowledge, and growing in 
the esteem of men are all types of progress. We can- 
not say that God is not interested in these areas, but 
we believe His main concern for us is our growth in 
grace and in the knowledge of Jesus. Christ T s "Sermon 
on the Mount", Romans. 12, and the rest of God's Word 
comprise a gauge for our spiritual groi^th. 

While our spiritual growth is the most vital area, 
it is also the one over which we, in yielding to the 
Spirit, have the most control. Jesus tells us we 
can ! t make one hair white or black and we can't add a 
cubit to our stature. We sometimes have financial 
problems which we cannot control. Sometimes people 
misunderstand us, and we lose our influence with them. 
But in the spiritual realm James tells us (4:8), "Draw 
nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse 
your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye 
double minded." The prophet halachi (3:7) called the 
people to ». . . Return unto me, and I will return 
unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. . ." Jesus said, 
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteous- 
ness. . . " 

Perhaps much of the time in 1982 our duties and our 
course in life will be laid out in a way that we may 
think we haven't much choice. But this very course 
and the many daily duties are the results of our 
choices. And even the determination to perform daily 
routine chores and tasks and to perform them well is 


a wise choice and promotes spiritual growth. The way 
Is open for us to serve God if we will. 1982 will 
bring many times in which we can either choose to 
serve God and in this way "build more stately man- 
sions " or we can choose to serve self or perhaps even 
tear down and suffer for it. 

One example of the choices we can make is in our 
"eating" . Our bodies must have food and so must our . 
souls if we would grow and remain healthy. In 1982, 
if the Lord tarries, we will probably eat about 1,095 
meals not counting between-meal snacks. This is al- 
lowing three meals each day, and most of us don r t vary 
too far from this schedule. How many spiritual meals 
will we have in 1982? I Peter 2:2 tells us "As new- 
born babes 5 desire tne sincere milk of the word, that 
ye may grow thereby." We cannot stress too much the 
importance of feeding on the Word for regular, healthy 
spiritual growth. This is wnere we learn God's will 
and his love for us. This is where we get to know 
Jesus Christ. Here we learn our duty, here we find 
God's promises. His own message to us Is so available, 
and if we do not take it, we are without excuse. 

hay the end of 1982 find us closer to God than we 
are now. hay the "room" of this year be more vast to 
allow for growth in grace, as the poet indicates, 
someday the shell will be discarded, and we will be 
free. Let us live for that time when we will be ab- 
sent from the body and present with the Lord. — L.G. 


I met a businessman and his wife at the airport 
while waiting to board a flight. After we T d watched 
several jets take off into the murky darkness, the 
young, attractive woman said, "I wish I could vanish 
into space just like that plane and start life all 
over again. " 

Why did she want to vanish? Why did she want to 
escape? What ugly hand from the past was spoiling 
the present? 

Some time ago, a national news magazine told about 


Americans Immigrating to Australiao Some of these 
modern pilgrims indicated they were naturally daring 
and sought excitement and adventure, host, however, 
expressed a desire to change their environments. Dis- 
tressed by rising crime rates, social unrest, and the 
soaring cost of living, they wanted to get away from 
it all and start life over. 

Have you ever wanted to get away from it all? In 
1 21 2 in Europe, the spirit of the Crusades charmed a 
young boy named Stephen. He took up a cross and 
started marching. 

Soon, hundreds of children, tired of tending sheep 
and working in the fields, started to follow him. 
Stephen promised to lead them over the mountains and 
through the seas to God. Carrying wooden crosses, 
they marched down the hills and valleys of Italy, 
singing, "We are going to God J' 

Historians believe these young people were trying 
to escape the realities of their world- They were 
inspired by Stephen 1 s call to adventure. 

But did they escape? No. At Genoa and Venice, 
they were met by every kind of evil. Slave traders 
carried them off to Egypt. Many became ill and died; 
others were robbed and molested. Some turned back, 
without a cross, without a song, disillusioned and 

Why are people dissatisfied with life? I see 
three reasons. 

First, life on the natural plane is incomplete 
morally, intellectually, and physically. We know 
what Is good and right. We know what we would like 
to have. Yet we see evil and deception on every side. 
Daily we are faced with corruption in government, dis- 
honesty In business, and cheating in marriage. Our 
faith in mankind is shattered. Life seems incomplete 
because we were made for God« 

Second, life on the natural plane is disappointing. 
Poet A, B. Bragdon wrote; 

Alas, how scant the sheaves for all the trouble, 

The toll, the pain and the resolve sublime — 
A few full ears; the rest but weeds and stubble, 


And withered wildflowers plucked before their 

To mariy^ life is a continual disappointment . 

Third, life on the natural plane is sinful* Men 
and women want to live above the downward pull, but 
they cannot- They want to fly, but they have no wings. 

In I Corinthians 2:14- we read, "But the natural 
man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: 
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he 
know them, because they are spiritually discerned, » 

By himself, man finds it impossible to overcome 
the weight and pull of sin. Life on the natural 
plane is self-centered, sinful. 

But life on the natural plane can be changed. 
There is an answer to sin. There is an answer to 
disappointment and emptiness. You can have a new 
start. Many people think they can start over by mov- 
ing. Young people run away. Businessmen seek new 
jobs. Spouses leave the community when one is found 
to be unfaithful. 

But the chance for a new start is not found in 
these temporary changes. With God's help and forgive- 
ness, you can have a new start right where you are. 

J. B. Phillips has translatted II Corinthians 5:17: 
"If a man is in Christ he becomes a new person alto- 
gether — the past is finished and gone, everything has 
become fresh and new." 

Martin Luther described his new start this way: 
"When by the Spirit of God, I understood the words , 
'The just shall live by faith, 1 I felt born again 
like a new man; I entered through the open doors into 
the very paradise of God!" 

To experience a new start, confess your sins to 
Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as God's provision 
for you. This new year there is no better time for 
a new beginning that lasts. 

By George Sweeting 
Selected by Kenneth Martin 



(Gontinued from last issue) 


What is the proper method of baptism? We feel 
there has been much quarreling and division in 
Christ's church over this matter, and that His cause 
has often suffered . We have no desire to condemn 
those whose sincere convictions and interpretation of 
Truth may differ from ours. This is primarily written 
to share our convictions with those from without who 
have never honestly considered them, and to teach to 
our children the truth as we understand it. Indeed, 
our wish is that all men could be saved, and we want 
none to stumble. We see evidences of the Spirit in 
many persons who practice baptism with other modes, 
and rejoice wherever there is a desire for truth and 

But in our studies we find no Scriptural backing 
for any mode other than immersion. To us it seems 
perfectly logical that water baptism is best fulfilled 
by immersion. But we won't just trust in our logic; 
we will attempt to give reasons on how we came to this 
decision. We will divide this into three sections: 
1 ) the Scriptures, 2) the original Greek, and 3) tes- 
timonies of early Christian leaders and writers. 

1) The Scriptures: John the Baptist baptized in 
Jordan (river). Jesus, after his baptism, came up cut 
of the water. "And John also was baptizing in Aenon 
near to Salim, because there was much water there." 
(John 3:23) ". . . And they went down both into the 
wate r. . . And when they were come up out of the 
water. . . n (Acts 8:38) It Is going against common 
sense to think they would go Into the water to pour 
or sprinkle water over the applicant. Also, why would 
they have needed much water? Surely so they could be 

We have already mentioned Scriptures concerning our 
dying with Ghrist. When we bow down, as Christ bowed 
His head and died, we bow down and are submerged into 


the water ^ representing His burial. Then we are 
raised up, representing the new birth. The minister 
then lays his hands on us and prays over us for the 
Holy Ghost to enter us* 

2) The original Greek; Going further back into 
Old Testament times, we find the Hebrew root word 
"Bapto" x^hich means "to dip' 1 . Looking at the New 
Testament Greek, we find "Baptizo", meaning "to con- 
secrate by pouring out on or putting into". Now we 
can see the two meanings of baptize: the Spirit , by 
pouring out on, and water , by putting into. We are 
put into the water and the Spirit is poured out on us. 

3) Testimonies of ancient Christians; "Christian 
baptism. How It has been practiced from the Apostolic 
time and continued through all the centuries up to 
our time." ( Early Church History ) 

"John ^ontanus and Jacob Mehrning, after having 
examined all the testimonies of the Gospel and of the 
oldest church histories, make their conclusion in 
this century (or, regarding the first century) with 
the following queries and answers: 

"What is Baptism? It is to be immersed in water, 
and to be washed and bathed therein in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 

"How ought we rightly to baptize with water? Thus 
and not otherwise, but as the word baptize properly 
means to dip or to immerse, that he, the baptist, im- 
merse the candidate with his whole body in water, and, 
as it were, bury him therein, and again draw him and 
let him come up from thence, as Christ himself was 
baptized in Jordan; and all of his Holy Apostles have 
baptized in this manner, according to the testimony 
of the Gospel and of all the primitive church his- 
tories, etc. 

n Whom are we to baptize? Those, or as the Greek 
word 'autous 1 clearly means, such are to be baptized, 
who first according to Christ l s institution of bap- 
tism, have been taught out of the Gospel, and been 
made disciples of Christ, and have received, as all 


examples of baptism in the first apostolic church 
unanimously declare. 

"The Magdeburg Centuriatores, who approve otherwise 
of infant baptism and sprinkling, testify of this 
century that the Baptist has immersed into the water 
the candidates , and washed them in the name of the 
Father , and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 

"Joseph Vicecomes, a Roman Catholic author, testi- 
fies in his book of .Ancient Ceremonies, etc., of bap- 
tism, that in those times they baptized only by immer- 
sion into the water, and that the candidate was im- 
mersed three times, and at each dipping one name of 
the Holy Trinity was pronounced. 

"In the so-called Apostolic Ordinances (canones) 
it Is said; ! If a bishop or elder does not immerse 
three times in baptism, he shall be deposed, for 
Christ has said, "Baptize them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. •-. ! 

"Rabanus: * Baptism signifies in the Greek and 
Latin languages an immersion, which is performed in 
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost. T Again: 'That the disciple be baptized 
with threefold immersion in the name of the Holy 
Trinity. This threefold immersion may signify the 
three days 1 burial.' (Ninth century) 

"The Waldenses and Albigenses maintained and prac- 
ticed the immersion of believers, and not of children. 
(Eleventh century) 

"Luther declares, 'Baptism, in Greek "Baptismos", 
in Latin "Mersio", is when there is something dipped 
entirely into the water, so that it is overwhelmed by 
the same. r 

"That some of the early Mennonites taught and prac- 
ticed immersion, is- certain, since the English Bap- 
tists received their baptism from them, the hennonites 
in Holland, almost a hundred years after henno, and 
that there are yet remnants of so-called Domplers in 

These are just some testimonies among many of writ- 
ings to show how the early Church practiced. In 
studying it is Interesting to note that along with 


infant baptism came the mode of sprinkling or pouring. 

In conclusion, we say that immersion baptism is 
beautifully symbolic, just as the laying on of hands 
is. We bow down to symbolize Ghrist bowing His head 
and dying. We are immersed to symbolize Christ's 
burial and the burial of our sins which He died for. 
And we rise up , to portray our new birth j as Christ 
arose from the grave and walked in the form of the 
Spirit, so we will walk in newness of life. Then, 
hands are laid on us to symbolize the pouring out of 
the Spirit and we are baptized of that Spirit. "Neg- 
lect not the gift that is In thee (the Holy Spirit), 
which was .given thee by prophecy, with the laying on 
of the hands of the presbytery." (I Timothy 4*14| 
Acts 8:17, II Timothy 1:6) 

May the grace and blessing of God be on us all. 


"Testimonies of the Ancients 11 quoted from Early 
Church Hi story from able and worthy writers concerning 
Primitive Christianity , by the Cld Brethren Church. 
Published 1919 A.D. at Goshen, Indiana. Pages 2-13. 

Greek words taken from Young * s Analytical Concord- 
ance to the Bible . Mm, B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 

— Ronald L. Ca £ ble 
Goshen, Indiana 


"Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath 
learned of the Father, cometh unto me." (John 6:45) 

Jesus prayed to the Father just before He was giv- 
en into the power of men that the apostles might find 
His joy completed in themselves. Jesus made God 
known unto them, and the world hated them, but Jesus 
said they are no more sons of the world than He was. 
Jesus prayed then for all men who will believe in Him 
through the message He has left us. Jesus gave the 
apostles the same glory God had given Him. God gave 


Jesus the glory, and Jesus gave the apostles the same 
glory in order that the world may know that God sent 
His Son— that the world may know God loves the world 
as He loved Jesus, and we may all be one in Him if we 
believe Him as the apostles did* Jesus finished the 
work God sent Him to do which brought glory and honor 
to God upon earth, Jesus prayed the Father to keep 
the apostles and all who will believe on Him from the 
evil one. May we cry out, and say with tears, "Lord, 
I believe; help thou mine unbelief. n 

Satan is ever on hand to try to deceive us into 
his ways which are against Ghrist's ways. But Satan 
hasn't conquered the universe nor will he ever be 
conqueror, but Christ will conquer all, and Satan and 
those who serve him will be destroyed. 

Peter tells us to humble ourselves and cast our 
care upon God Who cares for us. He tells us to watch, 
be alert and firm in our faith because the devil goes 
about as a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 
He would like us all to serve him, but we can be born 
of God's Spirit and overcome the devil and serve 

God sent His &ori into the world to live among men 
and be offered up a sacrifice for the sins of the 
whole world . Jesus overcame the devil and death and 
is risen and sits on God's right hand to intercede 
for us. By faith we come to God through Jesus and 
believe that He is, and He will reward us if we dil- 
igently seek Him. 

When He was taken back to heaven to sit at God's 
right hand, Jesus told the disciples that He would 
send the Holy Spirit, and they would receive the Holy 
Spirit and be witnesses unto Ghrist both in Jerusalem, 
and in Judea, and in Samaria, and into the uttermost 
parts of the earth. Ten days after Jesus was taken 
to heaven, the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in 
Jerusalem and taught them. 

Paul told the Thessalonian brethren that the gospel 
came not to them in word only but in power and in the 
Holy Spirit. "And ye became followers of us, and of 
the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, 

12 THE F ILGiUM , 

with joy in the Holy Ghost; . . . ye turned to God 
from idols to serve the living and true God. Tt (I 
Thessalonians 1:6,9) 

Since Ghrist did give His blood for us we can go 
into the most holy place and come near to God with a 
sincere heart and a sure faith that He can give us 
salvation. He opened a new and living way for us 
that we can be over coiners and not be defeated by 
Satan T s ways* 

"For God so loved the world, tnat he gave his only 
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent 
not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but 
that the world through him might be saved. He that 
believeth on him is not condemned: but he that be- 
lieveth not is condemned already, because he hath not 
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into 
the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, 
because their deeds were evil. For every one that 
doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the 
light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that 
doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may 
be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." 
(John 3:16-21 ) 

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fearj but 
of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not 
thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, 
nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the 
afflictions of the gospel according to the power of 
God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy 
calling, not according to our works, but according to 
his own purpose. . . " (II Timothy 1:7-9) If our lives 
testify we are obedient to Ghrist, our constant desire 
will be to do good deeds in humbleness and thankful- 
ness to God, ever looking for Ghrist to come again and 
receive us unto Himself, that where He is there may we 
be also. 

"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now 
ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy 
unspeakable and full of glory." (I Peter 1:8) 


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christy which according to his abundant mercy hath 
begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrec- 
tion of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance 
incorruptible , and unde filed, and that fadeth not 
away, reserved in heaven for you. . . Receiving the 
end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 ' 
(I Peten.3,4,9) 

— Mary Lavy 

Camden, Indiana 


Jesus' love for you and me 
Sent Him to Calvary; 
The price He paid, 
Lost souls to save, 
Was for you and me. 

Said He, "I'm going away to prepare 

A beautiful home over there, 

That where I am 

There you may be. 11 

A promise for you and me. 

"You know where I go 
And the way you know." 
The way may be rough, 
But His grace is enough — 
Enough for you and me. 

I'm going home one day, 
Going home to stay. 
I'd like to take you too, 
But, friend, that's up to you; 
Up to you and me. 

—•June Fountain 

Auburn, California 

14 THE PILGRIM _________ 


(For our Historical selection, we break in on our 
Brethren History series to reprint this article re- 
cording the attitude of the early Church against 
war* — L*G* ) 


It is a matter of record that the early Christians 
refused even to bear arms, and that not until 300 
years had passed and Christianity was about to become 
a state religion, was the Christian doctrine perverted 
to accommodate the ambitions of the ruling powers, 
who desired to turn the population into a huge fight- 
ing machine. The "early fathers" were uniform In 
their denunciations of war. Origen, Ambrose, Ghryso- 
stoii, Jerome, Cyril, all declared it to be unlawful 
for Christians to go to war. Justin hartyr in the 
second century wrote, "The devil is the author of all 
war*" to which both Eablan and Clement gave ascent In 
terms almost identical. Cyprian called It "a pagan 
custom, repugnant to the spirit of the Gospel. " 
Tertullian wrote, "Our religion teaches that it is 
better to be killed than to kill," and Lactantlus de- 
clared, "It can never be lawful for a righteous man 
to go to war, whose warfare Is righteousness itself." 
For two whole centuries Christians declined to serve 
in the army as being an unlawful profession, and 
Tertullian bears witness that from 170 to 200 A. D* 
there were no Christians In the Roman Legions. They 
were called "the followers of peace, who used none of 
the instruments of war." Even as late as 280 A. D. 
many Roman soldiers 'becoming converts to Christianity 
left the army. is clearly shown that not un- 
til the Christian Church became an arm of the Roman 
state was it led to forsake God and the life of faith 
and become an instrument of deadly strife. Since 
that time "Christian war", under the church 1 s sanction, 
has added to the world T s disgrace. To this all his- 
tory testifies in the Crusades, the inquisitions, the 
martyrdoms, and the massacres of past centuries, up 


to the present time of gigantic fleets and armies and 
bloodsoaked battlefields, with the millions who have 
perished by consent and approval of the Christianity 
of our day- The Church, commissioned to go into all 
the world and preach the Gospel , has preached it with 
shot and shell and bayonet, and with every available 
weapon in air, on land and on sea. The law of Cain 
has usurped the law of Christ, and the church has lost 
one of the greatest claims it had upon the hearts and 
consciences of men, by leading its followers into the 
acceptance of war as a glorified and sanctified thing, 
instead of being a sin against God and humanity. 

Selected by Daniel F. Wolf 
from the 191 6 Vindicator 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Love feast, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on April 17 and 18, We sin- 
cerely welcome all to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and revival . 

— Joseph L. Cover 


Oh I let us speak some kindly words 

And give a smile today 
And save not all our roses 

To heap upon the clay. 
For when they've passed this world of pain 

And all their struggles o T er, 
They can not hear our friendly words; 

Their works will be no more. 

Selected by Bertie Baker 



A tiny spark. Some smoldering leaves . A crackling 
grass fire. A roaring, wildly- raging forest fire that 
leaps from tree to tree burning thousands of acres of 
timber while men in jeeps, planes and helicopters try 
desperately to control it. " Be ho Id , how great a mat- 
ter a little fire kindleth!" 

Fire is one of the greatest friends of man, when 
controlled. It heats our homes. It drives our cars, 
cooks our food, and burns our trash. It's strange that 
fire is both a wonderful friend and a terrible enemy. 

The Bible says much about fire* "Can a man take 
fire into his bosom," it asks, "and his clothes not be 
burned?" In other words, could we hug pieces of burn- 
ing firewood and not be hurt? Of course notl And 
neither can we take sin into our hearts without 
suffering for it, sometime. 

Even children are burned sometimes while taking 
chances with fire. As long as they live they will wear 
ugly scars, reminding all who see them to be careful. 

Two unpleasant future events have to do with fire." 
The Word of God warns sinful men and women that some 
day the entire earth will be burned up. The huge red 
fire trucks and their shiny ladders will melt. Iven 
the cold bricks of the fire-stations will "melt with 
fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are 
therein shall be burned up," 

But much more sad to think of is that those who 
hate God will be cast into a lake of fire. How glad 
we should be that Jesus has come to save sinful men 
and women, and to give them the cool water of Life 
freely. — Stanley K. Brubaker 


19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif* 

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VOL. 29 FEBRUARY, 1982 NO. 2 

n Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 


Holy Saviour, Friend unseen, 

Since on Thine arm Thou bidd'st me lean, 
Help me, throughout life ! s changing scene, 
By faith to cling to Thee. 

What though the world deceitful prove, 
And earthly friends and hopes remove; 
With patient, uncomplaining love, 
Still would I cling to Thee. 

Though oft I seem to tread alone 
Life's dreary waste, with thorns overgrown, 
Thy voice of leve, in gentlest tone, 
Still whispers, » Cling to Mel" 

Though faith and hope may long be tried, 

1 ask not, need not, aught beside; 
How safe, how calm, how satisfied, 
The soul that clings to Thee I 

— Charlotte Elliott 

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A faint giggle crossed the schoolroom, and I looked 
up from the hymnbook to see smiles and amusement on 
the faces of most of the pupils, I had done it again. 
The pupils could not be blamed too much for being 
amused since they have a teacher who makes mistakes 
in the songs. We have sometimes sung a verse twice 
or somehow switched to the words of the line below or 
made some other blunder. It happens because I am an 
imperfect $ failing human being. It wouldn't matter 
so much if one of the students missed a note or sang 
a wrong word. But it stands out when I do it because 
I lead the singing. 

This demonstrates a truth that is also evident in 
the Church and wherever a leader is filling a place 
of responsibility. When a leader makes a mistake, it 
shows. This appears more important when we remember 
that people are sometimes like sheep. They follow a 
leader. (The students sang the verse the second time 
right along with me.) Look at the honor and acclaim 
neaped upon sports heroes, successful politicians, 
and outstanding preachers and religious leaders. We 
surely notice how quickly and completely most people 
follow the leaders' in fashions, hair styles, and even 
expressions of speech. From the "leaders" on tele- 
vision have come a whole new set of motions, bold 
manners, and catchy word phrases. When one sheep 
crowds through a gate, they all crowd through the 
gate. If one can be started in the right direction, 
the rest follow with little urging—in fact, sometimes 
there is no stopping them. If one sheep starts jump- 
ing over a stick or even an imaginary barrier, the 
others follow, jumping at that same spot. 

We can see what responsibility goes with a position 
of leadership. Over and over in the past, the reli- 
gion of a country was determined and regulated by the 


religion of its ruler . For a time England was 
changed from protestant to Catholic and back again 
because its kings or queens were of different beliefs. 
Though it may not be so apparent, men are being in- 
fluenced today by leaders and popular opinions as 
they have been in the past. 

In Ezekiel 34 the Lord spoke through the prophet 
to the leaders of a backsliding and sinful people , 
He charged them with being greedy shepherds that fed 
themselves and not the flock. In verses 3 and 4 He 
tells of eight ways in which the leaders had failed* 
If we take the positive side of these charges as 
directions for us today, we can benefit from them. 
If we will all follow our leaders in the duties ex- 
pressed here, we can build and grow and be strength- 
ened in the faith. 

1 • Ye eat the fat and clothe you with the wool . 
These false shepherds were taking unfair advantage of 
their flock to become wealthy and comfortable. A 
more devoted shepherd (Paul) wrote to one of his 
flocks (II Corinthians 12; 14,1 5), fl . - . for I seek 
not your's, but you: for the children ought not to 
lay up for the parents, but the parents for the chil- 
dren. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for 
you. . . « Shepherds and leaders are really servants 
(ministers), and with this servant attitude, the rest 
will follow and serve one another. 

2* Ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not 
the flock . In I , Corinthians 3:9-17 we have special 
exhortation to build, and the grave consequences 
(verse 17) to those who destroy (translated "defile") 
or tear down. To feed is to build. A well-fed flock 
or a we 11- nourished congregation, or school, or fam- 
ily will show in good health, vitality, and vigor. 
We all need regular, substantial portions of the 
bread and water of life — Jesus and His Word. 

3 • The diseased have ye not stre ngthened , Tho se 
that are "diseased" need special care to become strong 
and overcome the Infirmity. To sheep, this care 
would mean special food, rest, sunshine, exercise, a 
dry place to sleep. To the needy soul It means 


special attention, words of encouragement, fellowship 
of brethren, and "special food" or good, sound teach- 
ing to become strong in faith. "Wherefore lift up 
the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees." 
(Hebrews 12:12) 

4-- Neither have ye healed that which was sick . 
Healing is best accomplished with rest and effective 
medicines. Isaiah saw sinful Israel as sick and 
faint. "From the sole of the foot even unto the head 
there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, 
and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, 
neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment." 
(1:6) Sin has the same effect today, and the remedy 
is the same. There is balm in Gilead, and there is a 
great Physician there. Sin sickness must be purged 
with confession and repentance and healed with for- 
giveness. Leaders and all can point sin-sick souls 
to the Saviour, the sin-bearer- and greatest physician 
of ail time . 

5 • Neither have ye bound up that which was broken . 
Isaiah 61:1 prophesies that the Messiah will "bind up 
the broken-hearted" besides other works of deliver- 
ance. Jesus said that He came to fulfil this Scrip- 
ture. In hatthew 21 :/ 4 4 and Luke 20:18 we have His 
picture of men falling on the rock and being broken. 
V/hen we fall on Him and are broken we see the weak- 
ness and crumbling nature of our own abilities. When 
we come to this, He will bind us up like a broken leg 
is bound up for healing. Christian ministers are 
called to proclaim this opportunity to see and acknow- 
ledge our need and .be made whole. 

6 • Neither have ye brought again that which was 
driven away . Sheep can be scattered and driven away 
by storms, by predators, and simply by wandering too 
far and becoming lost. Jesus came to seek and to 
save that which was lost. Are any "driven away" to- 
day? Are any leaving the first love? Are any being 
tempted into sin? Bring them again, by love, to the 
cross. There they can see their lives in true per- 
spective. Some may need to be supported or carried 
on the way back. Love and kindness can win them If 


It can be done, "Brethren,, If a man be overtaken In 
a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one 
in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest 
thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, 
and so fulfil the law of Christ. "' (Galatians 6:1,2) 

7, Neither have ye sought that which was lost . 
The true Shepherd left the ninety and nine and 
searched for the one that was lost. God places value 
on- the lost souls, and He bought them at Galvary. 
Now Jesus invites all to come. Do we care like God 
cares? In Proverbs 11:30 m read, "The fruit of the 
righteous is a tree of lifej and he that winneth souls 
is wise." The lost are all around us. If -we really 
care, we can give the gospel lovingly' and patiently 
as we would to our children. We cannot compel people 
to receive the Word. We cannot "prove our point" by 
argument and expect to win the soul. "For after that 
in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom. knew- not God, 
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save 
them that believe." (I Corinthians 1:21) There is 
the key. God will call, but man must believe. May 
our very lives be sermons to those around us. May; 
our lights shine . hay our sincerity and works of love 
glorify God, and. may many more believe before it. is 
toe late. 

8. But with force and with cruelty have ye ruled 
them, peter writes to the elders in his time, "Feed 
the flock of God which is among you, taking the over- 
sight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly j not 
for filthy lucre," but of a ready mind; Neither as be- 
ing lords over God's heritage,, but being e ns ample s to 
the flock." (I Peter 5:2,3) Examples—not lords- 
there is the ideal. Pastors of the past and present 
have served their flocks well. In the times of phys- 
ical persecution, the pastors and deacons were the 
first to be arrested and stood as living examples for 
the rest to follow in their steps and keep the faith. 
Martin Rinehart, writer of the hymn, "Now Thank We 
All Our God", was a pastor in Eilenberg, Saxony, in 
the early 1600s. A plague of fever broke out among 
the residents and refugees who fled their homes during 


the Thirty Years 1 War. He found himself the only 
clergyman in the city as all others had fled. Faith- 
ful to his flock and to Goo, he ministered until he 
was ready to drop from exhaustion. In one year he is 
said to taken charge of more than four thousand 
burials. When the plague ended he wrote his hymn of 

Dear brethren and sisters , these necessary minis- 
tries need not all be left to our leaders. If the 
leaders are "ensamples" then these attitudes of love 
and sacrificial service should be imitated by every 
member. The principles are the same as in Jeremiah 1 s 
time. Leaders, wherever they are, in the church. In 
the family, in the community bear the greatest respon- 
sibility to feed and nourish, to heal, to seek the 
lost, to bring back the straying. But all can help. 
Follow the leaders in the good things. Remember that 
they are human and that the only perfect Shepherd Is 
the Lord Jesus Christ Who works in His people. If 
your leaders seem to have more than' their share of 
faults, remember that mistakes are more evident in 
those who are at the front in view of all. Let us 
not follow a leader In a mistake. Let us be as Paul 
recommends In I Corinthians 11:1: "Be ye followers 
of me, even as I also am of Christ." — L.C. 


This afternoon, while looking through my book of 
poems, I came across the poem, "No Time". I would 
like to share It with you and also some thoughts I 
have since reading it. 


I knelt to pray, but not for long, 

I had too much to do; 
Must hurry off and get to work, 

For bills would soon be due. 

And so I said a hurried prayer, 
Jumped up from off my knees; 


My Christian duty now was done; 
My soul could be at ease. 

All through the day I had no time 

To speak a word of cheer 5 
No time to speak of Christ- to friends; 

They T d laugh at me, I feared. 

No time, no time, too much to do; 

That was my constant cry; 
No time to give to those in need; 

At last 'twas — time to die. 

And when before the Lord I came, 

I stood with downcast eyes; 
Within his hands He held a book; 

It was the "Book of Life"* 

God looked into. His book, and said, 

"Your name I cannot find, 
It should be written here, you know, 

But you never found the time." 

— Selected 

After reading this poem, I had to think, "Is this 
me?" We hear the expression, "I just don't have 
time" (and we use It often ourselves). It isn't that 
we don't have time, but that. we choose to do other 
things with our time. What I have in mind Is the 
time we spend In cheering the lonely, the discouraged, 
and the sick. We often think we are too busy or are 
too tired tonight. Sometimes it takes such a short 
time to give a lot of cheer. Just a cheery "Hello" 
to a lonely old man as we pass by can bring a smile. 

In the past wee]c I was encouraged to go visit a 
friend that has had some discouraging times. I took 
my sewing, and we visited while we did our mending. 
When I was ready to leave, she said, "I'm so glad you 
came. You just made my day." And the most amazing 
thing was that It made my day, too! - 

We can't all go visiting often, as we have duties 
at home with small children, the elderly, etc. But 
let}s '^^^^l^^^^^^^^^ kf c:: the little things we 


can do to cheer others. 

We each have a place to fill, and I believe that 

in different times of our lives we have different 

duties . A young mother with small children can't 

spend as much time helping others. In this we must 

be content too, and if the Lord tarries, her turn 

will come. We each should fill our place as our turn 

comes and not pass up a chance to cheer a lonely 

heart. This doesn't give us liberty to neglect our 

duties at home, but we must use moderation in all 

things . 

— Nancy Oyler 

Goshen, Indiana 


Lord, I would spend time 

in reading Thy word 
And silently wait 

for Thy voice to be heard, 
I ? d gather the gems 

of truth that are there 
That when others have need 

with them I may share . 

Lord, I would spend time 

in deep, earnest prayer 
And not turn aside 

from the burden of care • 
I r d plead through the long 

waking hours of the night 
That souls bound In darkness 

would find freedom's light. 

Lord, I would spend time 

in writing about 
The deliverance I've found 

from sin, fear, and doubt. 
I'd tell all the wonders 

of Thy love and power, 
How Thy presence comforts 

in life's darkest hour. 


lord, I would spend time 

with my family at home 
That to find fellowship 

I'd not need to ream, 
I ! d encourage my loved ones 

And help where I can; 
In serving I'd find 

home a happy place then. 

Lord, 1 would spend time 

with the lonely, depressed, 
The aged, the weary, 

for those hours are blest 
That are spent sharing needs 

of a loved one; may I 
Reach out and share love 

from Thy boundless supply* 

— Miriam J. Sauder 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 


"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, 
the evidence of things not seen. 11 (Hebrews 11:1) 

We, as Christians, rely on this faith for every- 
thing. Through faith we believe In God. Through 
faith we believe in the creation. Through faith we 
believe that Jesus was sent to the world to die for 
our sins so that -by faith we may have eternal life. 
There are a couple of conditions that we have been 
warned against. The first Is looking after the honor 
of men instead of God's honor. (John 5*UU) The second 
is loving the praise of men more than the praise of 
God. (John 12:43) These are perhaps the chief ob- 
stacles of faith. Let us be careful and let God con- 
trol our lives rather than the world. There is a 
very sobering thought outlined in James 1:14.-24-. It 
tells us that faith alone will not stand against the 
judgment of God. But a Christian must also have 
works, for by our works will we be able to show our 


faith. (James 3:1 8) As one definition puts it, 
"Faith is a dependence on the veracity of another, 
firm belief or trust in a person, thing, doctrine or 
statement." Let us firmly believe and trust in the 
words of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that it may be 
said of us: "Blessed are they that have not seen, 
and yet have believed. n (John 20:29) 

--David Cover 

Tuolumne , California 


The Sermon on the Mount has often been called the 
charter of Christianity. It was and ever must remain 
the supreme and comprehensive assertion of the prin- 
ciples" and methods of the kingdom of Jesus, As Jesus 
saw His kingdom, for any man to enter in to it, he 
must assume' the obligations flowing from the priv- 
ileges granted to the citizens of His kingdom, As a 
musician has respect to all eight tones to bring out 
the richness and power of music, so the Christian 
must have respect to all the beatitudes to bring out 
the richness and power of God in man. 

Jesus was writing on the human heart, as Moses had 
written upon stone. The new Lawgiver was so much the 
example of all that He said that the larger eloquence 
came not from His words, but from Himself. 

He was aware that it was a day when humanity was 
in bondage to a thousand petty observances and that 
true religion was smothered beneath them. Men had no 
sense of sin simply because they had no personal re- 
lation with God. They were pricked into dull reli- 
giousness only by hundreds of needle points of ritual, 
which extracted the blood of ardent piety. 

Ceremonies, therefore, were rife. He would re- 
store the human family relations unto God, and, as 
the bridegroom, He would vitalize the essential tie 
that ought to bind men to God. He would wed humanity 
to Divinity. He saw the dominance of mechanics in 
piety. Love must rule. Instead of almsgiving by 

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rule, there would be a boundless generosity. Instead 
of altars that smoked in the presence of hard hearted 
and conceited men, there would be the broken and con- 
trite heart. Above all, instead of hard and fast 
legalism enforcing proprieties from without, there 
could be the freedom within which came from the love 
of goodness which He revealed as the glory of God. 
This ye,s the Christ's prescription for a happy world. 

It was a complete Indictment and swift condemnation 
of Pharisee ism- — past, present, and f uture , It was 
vigorous enough to have saved the world from all idol 
worship and pious hermits who have done dishonor to 
the joyful impulse and plans of- Eternal Love. 

He had no hope of delivering men from unrighteous- 
ness, save as they fell in love with the righteousness 
which is of Love, that is, of God. Jesus' law is pos- 
itive. All the good aimed at by a thousand negations, 
insisting that men shall not do this or that, urging 
men to despise wrong and flee from evil, must be ac- 
complished, not by the most heroic enterprises of the 
soul against sin, but by "hunger and thirst after 
righteousness." His ideal, by its lovableness, would 
help men to escape the unlovely ideals, whose ugliness 
appeared when the light of His righteousness shone 
upon them. It would have been cruelty to human nature 
if Jesus Himself, the Incarnate Righteousness, had not 
been within each when He uttered the beatitudes. 
Without Him in sight, it would have created a vacuity 
or a dream — one a$ deep as hell, the other as dis- 
solving as a mirage. But 

"He was there, 
He Himself with His human air." 

Jesus put a new valuation upon human life when He 
showed, by exemplifying these beatitudes and uttering 
them as the law of His kingdom, that any life may be 
blessed and is therefore worth living. Jesus knew 
that love is life and that Loyb } by once making such 
a life as His liveable, would have a divine triumph in 
man. He did not expect to exercise any authority 
other than the authority of Love, and He proposed that 

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the members of His kingdom should enter Into a 
government in which all authority and power would 
be the utterance of Love* 

By Frank Gunsaulus 

Selected and revised by Kenneth Martin 


This world is too much with usl 
Now this precious truth I see, 
For I can not walk with Jesus 
While this vain world walks with me. 

I might climb up yonder mountains > 
And all God*s wondrous beauties see, 
But I can not see my Saviour- 
While this world is beckoning me. 

I might speak of Jesus T miracles 
That He did in Galilee , 
But I can not walk with Jesus 
While this vain world talks with me. 

I could search and search forever 
For peace that lasts eternally, 
But I'll have nc peace with Jesus 
While this vain world stays with me. 

To this truth I've been enlightened 

Now by His -matchless grace I T 11 be 

Walking with my precious Jesus 

Where the world will have no part with me. 

By Pauline H. Barrett 

Selected by Miriam Hanson 

The tears of affliction are often needed to keep 
the eye of faith bright. — Spurgeon 

Selected by Leona Miller 



Germantown, mother congregation in America, what a 
history is thine ! 

There's a stormy voyage in 1719, a landing at 
Philadelphia, a procession to Germantown, a dispersion 
of the twenty families of German Baptist Brethren, and 
in 1722 a revival spirit; public preaching collects 
the scattered souls; in 1723, a strange thrill enrap- 
tured the membership at news of the coming of Elder 
Libe; people from the Schuylkill country travel to the 
city of Philadelphia to hear this man whose eloquence 
had made him famous in two continents; a meeting is 
held at peter Becker's house; a missionary visit is 
undertaken; and six souls ask for baptism— this, is the 
beginning of the church in America - . . 

There is an activity at peter Becker 1 s house in 
Germantown. The spindles are still; and the voice of 
praise is raised. Six persons, martin Urner, his wife 
Catherine, Henry Landis, his wife, Frederick Lang, and 
John hayle, all from what is now the Goventry district, 
were in the midst of seventeen members, and they were 
preparing to hold the first immersion in the church in 
America. There was no ordained minister this side of 
the Atlantic. The members hold a council. Peter 
Becker is chosen to act as elder. The preliminary 
examination is held, prayer is offered, and then these 
twenty-three souls walk out into the winter afternoon, 
in single file, headed by Peter Becker. They journey 
to the Wissahickon Creek. The group kneels. Overhead 
the solemn sentineLs of the forest fastness — the pines 
and hemlock — are stilled. The ice-bound stream utters 
strangely solemn music. Gurious eyes from the 
Kelpianites rest reverently upon the group. Peter 
Becker's voice breaks the stillness. The prayer is 
ended. The six candidates for membership in God's 
family are led one by one into the water and are bap- 
tized by trine immersion. The procession returns to 
Germantown. They assembled in the house of John 


Gomorry. It is evening now. The old-time tallow- 
dips are lighted. They gather around a long table, 
a hymn Is sung, and in the silent evening hour, with 
no witness but God, and curious children,, these peo- 
ple begin the observation of the ordinances of God ! s 
house on Christmas evening, 1723. The sisters on one 
side, the brethren on the other, arise and wash one 
another's feet. Then they eat the Lord's Supper, 
pass the kiss of charity with the right hand of fel- 
lowship, partake of the holy communion, sing a hymn, 
and go out. It is night! But under God's guidance 
their acts have been repeated in a thousand twilights, 
In all parts of this country in all the years that 
have come and gone; and, please God, we will repeat 
them again and again until He shall say, ''It Is 
enough. Gome up higher." 

Let us look yet more closely at this company. Who 
are they? Six are already named. They are babes In 
Christ. But the other seventeen are warriors of two 
continents. They had a remarkable career. At the 
head sat Peter Becker, pioneer preacher in America. 
He could have told of blessed meetings In Creyfelt 
and of sermons by Elders hack, Llbe, and Naas. He is 
not a gifted preacher, but he leads the sacred music 
that fills the dimly- lighted room with echoes of 
heaven's choir. His prayers are eloquent and over- 
mastering- He loved God and talked with Him in the 
full faith of an expectant child of the King. 

To his right sat John Jacob Price, who had prayed 
and preached in the Rhine Valley with Elder Naas. He 
was not large in body, but fervent in spirit. There 
was Stephen Koch, John Hilde brand, Henry Traut and 
Henry Holsapple, of whom the reader has already heard. 
They were rich in experiences with God's people in 
Germany. There was John Gomorry, In whose house they 
sat, near him were Jeremiah and Balser Traut, Daniel 
Ritter, John Kempfer, Jacob Koch, and George Balser 
Gans* all sterling men of God. 

To the left of Peter Becker sat Maria Hildebrand, 
whose daughter was destined to wed a son of founder 
Mack. By her side sat Magdalene Traut, Anna Gomorry, 


and Joanna Gans. Seated in their midst were the six 
new members, —twenty-three in all* Who can lift the 
veil and record this hour's holy service? What 
thoughts, what emotions, what religious experiences, 
what covenanted pledges, what rejoicings, moved lips 
and heart and head! To God only is known the ecstasy 
of that communion. "Ye know not now} but ye shall 
know hereafter." Blessed beginning of the church in 
America; may her latter days be like her first! 

From A History of the Brethren p. 155-160 
by Martin G* Brumbaugh 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Love feast, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on April 17 and 18. We sin- 
cerely welcome all to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and revival. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


ROYER - BEERY Joe Royer and Elizabeth Beery were 
married February 13 at Wakarusa, Indiana. 

New Address: 28772 Co. Rd. 44 

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Following is a list of cities and towns from Bible 
times. See how many you can match with the statements 
















1. The people of this city tried to build a big tower. 

2. Paul was going to this city when he was struck bLind. 

3. This was the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. 

4. In this city Paul preached about the unknown God. 
(it was the captital of Greece.) 

5. A prophet said of this town, "Thou art not the least 
among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come 

a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 11 

6. Jesus spent His boyhood years in this town. 

7. Lot was told to escape from this wicked city before 
it was destroyed by fire and brimstone. 

3, Solomon's temple was located In this city. 

9. Joshua's army was defeated the first time they 
tried to conquer this little city. 

10. Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding in 
this town. 

11. Nebuchadnezzar boasted of building this great city. 

12. Paul was born In this city. 

13. This was the first city the Children of Israel cap- 
tured after they crossed the Jordan River into Canaan. 

14. Paul was shipwrecked on his way to this city where 
he was to appear before high officials. 

15. Jonah preached to the people of this wicked city. 

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Jesus, these eyes have never seen 

That radiant form of Thine; 
The veil of sense hangs dark between 

Thy blessed face and mine! 
I see Thee not, I hear Thee not, 

Yet Thou art oft with me; 
And earth hath ne'er so dear a spot, 

As where I meet with Thee, 

Like some bright dream that comes unsought 

When slumbers o 7 er me roll 
Thine image ever fills my thought, 

And charms my ravished soul. 
Yet though I have not seen, and still 

Must rest in faith alone, 
I love Thee dearest Lord, and will, 

Unseen, but not unknown. 

When death these mortal eyes shall seal, 
And still this throbbing heart, 

The rending veil shall Thee reveal, 
' All glorious as Thou art. 

And when I see Thee face to face, 
What joy will then be mine, 

To sing Thy all-redeeming grace, 
And shout Thy love divine. 

— Ray Palmer 

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Lunch is ever, and the boys quickly line up for 
their turns at ping pong. Back and forth flies the 
white celluloid ball- One slight slip — a little too 
much force behind the paddle — the ball flies too far 
and misses the table. A point is scored , and the 
ball is quickly served again. Gontrol! That's what 
it takes for ping pong! And, come to think about it, 
control is also important in the Christian life. 

A dear sister was traveling with her son to the 
doctor. The roads were icy and treacherous- Sudden- 
ly, helplessly, she realized a giant semi tank truck 
was plowing — out of control — into her lane straight 
for her. A sudden jolt and the truck jack- knifed and 
skidded cab-backwards into a tree. The people were 
spared but the car was badly damaged. Gontrol! How 
important it is on icy roads! how needful it is on 
the road of life! 

James 3 tells of the small bit in the horse's 
moutn that will turn the whole horse and the small 
rudder or nelm that turns a large ship about even in 
fierce winds, rite compares these to the tongue, so 
small, yet boasting great things, defiling the whole 
body, setting on fire the course of nature — cut of 
control, that is. In control, tnis tongue can bless 
God and be like a fountain sending forth sweet water. 

"He that is slow to an^er is better than the 
mighty; and he that"' ruleth his spirit than he that 
taketh a city." (Proverbs 16:32) This short verse 
declares the greatness of one who is in control or 
"ruleth his spirit". 

It seems that we by nature tend to run out of con- 
trol—at least by God's standards. Jesus tells us to 
resist not evil (ill treatment). Our natures would 
tell us to return evil for evil — eye for eye, tooth 


for tooth, etc. We don't like to turn the other cheek 
and go the second mile* But if we do not do these 
things, then by God T s standards, we are not in con- 
trol. Jesus not only told us to be this way, but He 
demonstrated that He could do these things He told us 
to do- His was a life on earth in perfect control. 
As the hymn by Ray Gverholt says: 

He could have called ten thousand angels 

To destroy the world and set Him free. 

He could have called ten thousand angels, 

But He died alone for you and me . 

If this is not human nature (and James says u the 
tongue can no man tame'), how can we possibly be ex- 
pected to effect this kind of control our Saviour 
teaches? When God commands, He provides the means 
for His people to obey. Jesus promised that the Holy 
Spirit would tr teach you ail things" and "guide you 
into all truth 11 . Peter writes that we "might be par- 
takers of the divine nature." Paul writes (II Corin- 
thians 10:3-5), "For though we walk in the flash, we 
do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our 
warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the 
pulling down of strong holds; ) Casting down imagina- 
tion, and every high thing that exalteth itself a- 
gainst the knowledge of God, and bringing into cap- 
tivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 
This is control— Holy Spirit control. It doesn't 
come from ourselves or other men. It comes from God. 

It is marvellous how men and women can become so 
skillful in the handling of equipment, performing 
delicate surgeries, pounding keys on a typewriter or 
adding machine, or even wielding a ping pong paddle 
or expertly guiding a truck on icy roads. But the 
greatest skill is demonstrated when we are really in 
control and balance in our spiritual lives— when we 
can really give up or yield our lives in such a way 
that God can have His way in making us new creatures 
in Christ. — L.C. 

Elisha A. Hoffman wrote this beautiful hymn about 
this subject? 



You have longed for sweet peace, and for faith 

to increase. 
And have earnestly, fervently prayed^ 
But you cannot have rest or be perfectly blest 
Until all on the altar is laid. 

Would you walk with the Lord in the light of His 

And have peace and contentment alway, 
You must do His sweet will, to be free from all ill, 
On the altar your all you must lay. 

Oh, ve never can know what the Lord will bestow 
Of the blessings for which we have prayed, 
Till our body and soul He doth fully control, 
And our all on the altar is laid. 

Who can tell all the love He will send from above, 
And how happy our hearts will be made, 
Of the fellowship sweet we shall share at His feet, 
When our all on the altar is laid. 

Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? 

Your heart does the Spirit control? 

You can only be blest and have peace and si^eet 

As you yield Him your body and soul. 


"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the 
law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2) 

"We then that are strong ought to bear the infir- 
mities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let 
every one of us please his neighbor for his good to 
edification." (Romans 155-1*2-) 

"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: 
but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling- 
block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. n 
(Romans 14:13) 


When my children were small I often took them for 
a walk in the woods or along the creek. I would walk 
more slowly than usual because I knew it would soon 
tire them if I went faster. If I saw a soft, muddy 
place I tried to avoid it even though I could easily 
have waded through because I knew it would be a trou- 
blesome problem to them. I tried to shield them from 
falling into deep water and other hazards even though 
I could easily have surmounted these problems. Why? 
Because I loved them* 

Jesus speaks to us as brethren saying, "A new com- 
mandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; 
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." 
(John 13:34) 

This type of love is not natural to our carnal na- 
ture which is primarily selfish and puts me first. 
Consider the high and noble love Jesus was' teaching, 
"as I_ have loved you , that ye also love one another . " 
The love I felt for my children pales to insignifi- 
cance compared to this. He, the very Creator, loved 
us so much when we were unworthy sinners and rebels, 
completely worthy His hate and scorn, that He left 
the glories of Heaven and took our nature upon Him. 
He allowed us, this sinful creation, to reject, abuse, 
and even crucify Him on the miserable cross I Why? 
Not because He had any need, but because He loved us . 

Alas! and did my Savior bleed, 
And did my Sovereign die? 
Would H6 devote that sacred head 
For such a worm as I? 

! Tis done! the dreadful debt is paid, 

The great atonement now is made: 

Sinners, on *Me your guilt is laid, 

For you I shed ivy blood; 

For you My tender soul did move, 

For you I left My courts above; 

That you the length and breadth might prove, 

The depth and height of perfect love, 

In Christ your smiling God. 

I confess that I am but feebly able to comprehend 


this great love, but He says this is the way we should 
love each other. 

The Scriptures at the beginning of this article 
teach us to bear each other's burdens and to avoid 
that which might weaken our brother or cause him to 
stumble. The strong and x^eak alike have a responsi- 
bility here to be concerned about and to bear with 
each other. The strong might feel the weak brother 
shouldn't be offended so easily or that his concerns 
are unreasonable. But the Scriptures place the pri- 
mary- responsibility of sacrificing on the strong , 
even as Christ gave up much because of our weakness 
and inability. 

How is it with us? There are many things we can 
do or have, which of themselves are neither right- nor 
wrong. Do we willingly sacrifice in this area for him 
who is stumbling or weak? Or do we sacrifice grudg- 
ingly? Or do we perhaps selfishly refuse to sacrifice 
at all? 

If cur conscience is wounded by our brother's ac- 
tions, do we carefully examine ourselves to see if 
our feelings are justified? Or if perhaps we may be 
a bit reactionary or selfish in our concerns? The new 
commandment applies equally to the weak and strong. 
We all have a great need for a better understanding 
and greater infilling of this great love* 

Peter says, n For this is thankworthy, if a man for 
conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrong- 
fully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted 
for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, 
when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it pa- 
tiently, this is acceptable with God. For even here- 
unto were ye calle d: because Christ also suffered "for 
us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his 
steps ." (I Peter 2:19-21 ) 

We sometimes sing a song which says, "I gave my 
life for thee, What hast thou given for me? » As we 
treat our brother or neighbor, so we treat Christ. 
Are we willing to give up material things to help a 
brother avoid, stumbling? Are we willing to yield cur 
will where no scriptural principal is at stake? 


What would we give to avoid causing someone to 
stumble and a soul to be lost? God values one soul 
more than the whole world, my our overriding con- 
cern in all our dealings with each other be the sal- 
vation of precious souls is my prayer. 

—James Beery 

Nappanee , Indiana 

Writer's Preface: 

The past six years of my life have been spent 
working with the aged and suffering, terminally ill, 
sick and injured. When you watch an old man slowly 
die, you don't just lightly shrug it off, but you 
think. I thought of the aging process and how God 
gives us this period of time. Then as I watched men 
my age die,. 1 wondered, "Were they ready?" They 
didn't know they were going to die so soon, but. sud- 
denly, "in the twinkling of an "eye," it happened. 

In working with the sick, these looking at death 
and with their inner turmoil of accepting the fact, 
those just, slightly ill, the injured, and just people, 
it all has made an impression on me. I guess this 
writing is that impression. The similarities of the 
body and soul seem so real, so vivid. I am glad and 
thankful that the Lord has made me more aware, more 
conscious of these things. I pray that you will 
praise the Lord for any blessing, any more under- 
standing that you glean from this. All scripture is 
from the New King James Bible unless indicated other- 
wise . — R.L.Gt 


I felt the excitement and tension as I entered the 
emergency room. The victim lay on the stretcher, blue 
and lifeless. The resuscitative measures were in 
process — heart compressions and respirations. Doc- 
tors barked out orders as another Injected a stim- 
ulant Into the heart* Nurses were everywhere — 


adjusting the flow of intravenous bottles which hung 
above the patient like a forest, others preparing 
injections, monitoring the blood pressure and watch- 
ing the heart monitor — the center of attraction in 
these situations (along with the patient). 

Soon (although it didn't seem like it) a doctor 
motioned me to stop compressions on the heart. As a 
green wavy line appeared on the monitor he ordered to 
defibrillate. A nurse grabbed the two paddles and 
placed them on the patient r s chest. As she yelled 
"clear" everyone stood back and she pushed the but- 
tons. The patient jumped as electrical current 
passed through his heart, then was still- All eyes 
turned to the green line on the monitor. It contin- 
ued its wavy path across the screen. CPR resumed and 
a pacemaker was brought in. The cardiologist pain- 
fully tried to thread the wire into the heart to give 
It electrical stimulation. Then he fussed with the 
knobs on the control box. Now it was touch and go — 
CPR, then stop as all eyes focused on the green line — 
go, stop, go, stop. Strain showed on the doctor's 
face. Then the question came, "Is the family here?" 
They were, and CPR resumed as he went out to confer 
with them. Presently he came in. Everyone was quiet 
as all eyes focused, as usual, on the green line „ 
"Stopj," he said brokenly. The green line fluttered 
now and then, but otherwise It was straight — no heart 
activity. The cardiologist turned on his heel and 
walked out. The room was quiet as I.V.s were removed 
and tubes taken out, and a few tears appeared in eyes. 
This man was young, perhaps the age of some who had 
worked on him. Mow he was dead. Had he been ready 
to die? We didn't know but couldn't help but wonder. 

Much time, labor and money has been spent in the 
studies of the natural body. Man is trying to under- 
stand the internal organs and their diseases. He 
searches for cures or invents an artificial organ to 
replace the original, diseased one. Man seems to be 
trying to conquer death. 

Every Christian has good news for these men: death 
has been conquered! It is not and cannot be accom- 


plished with a lot of money. It took the blood of a 
Man Who was God to free us from this world. Cur real 
self — our souls — will live forever. Our body is of 
this world and cannot live eternally, but we will re- 
ceive a new body, one that will live eternally. "And 
as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this 
the judgment. 11 (Hebrews 9:27) 

OUR SOUL . The soul is like the body in that it can 
become diseased. Today I met the unhappiest woman 
that I think I ! ve ever met. Her body is full of dis- 
ease, but I fear her soul is also. She never smiles. 
Her eyes wear the look of x^eariness, unhappiness, ha- 
tred and loneliness . Out of her mouth come words us- 
ing the name of God abusively. It is a pitiful con- 
dition to have both body and soul diseased. 

Within our souls we find a heart, and, like our 
natural heart, it is one of the most important sources 
for life. Without it we would die* If it becomes 
diseased, it affects the whole soul, and everything 
falters. Like the air we breathe with our lungs to 
oxygenate our blood, our soul requires "air" — the Holy 
Spirit — to enter our soul's bloodstream and give it 
life to keep the rhythm of Ghrist. The soul requires 
food — the Word of God — to keep us growing up in Christ. 
We give our souls "water" by doing righteous things or 
thirsting after righteousness. Our soul has a dispos- 
al system to rid itself of waste and poisons. Our 
body does this through the bowel and urinary systems; 
our soul does thip through the forgiving mercy of its 
Father through prayer. Like the body, the soul will 
work harmoniously and in rhythm with Christ until dis- 
ease sets in. 

Disease will come when; 1) Balanced diet is ig- 
nored or there is no food intake. The Word of God is 
required to nourish us and give us strength. The Word 
contains the perfect nutritional balance to ward of 
sin — impurity. 2) We lack water (our actions, intents 
of our heart, our incentive to do righteous things). 
This brings us satisfaction (our thirst is quenched). 
3) Lack of oxygen, the Holy Spirit, drags us down and 
leaves us powerless against the world. I think every- 


one knows how vital a breath of air is to maintain 
life. Without it the heart would stops everything 
would stop. This is how vital the Holy Spirit is to 
the life of our souls. U) Regularity of our disposal 
systems fail. If our souls have enough food and wa- 
ter, we will keep our systems cleaned otrtj we will be 
repentant and ask for forgiveness of our sins and we 
will be forgiving. 

How much more time and money do we spend on our 
bodies compared to our souls? I fear the answer is 
mu ch more time and much , much more money. We won ! t 
reach perfection here on earth, but we should strive 
for it or we will be disappointed on the Judgment Lay. 
So let's strive to keep our souls free of disease and 
in shape, or we may find ourselves terminally ill 
patients of Satan. 

The heart of a soul that is saturated with the 
Holy Spirit is charity, or love. "This love of which 
I speak is slow to lose patience — it looks for a way 
of being constructive. It is not possessive; it is 
neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish in- 
flated ideas of its own importance. 

"Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish 
advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep ac- 
count of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other 
people. On the contrary, it shares the joy of those 
who live by the truth. 

"Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to 
its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast any- 
thing. Love never fails." (I Corinthians 13:4-8, 
Phillips Modern English) 

No, love never fails, until we fail to let it work. 
I feel that this is probably tne number one killer of 
the soul. As we looked at that picture of the heart 
attack, we see also the soul's heart being attacked. 
What can we do about it? 

We need to keep in mind that the root of the whole 
problem lies in the fact that we fail to let thd 
Spirit work. This requires time to pray, study and 
meditate each day- When we become so overwhelmed by 
the world and worldly things that it causes us to put 


off our daily " spirit time 1 *, then look out! 

Jesus has foretold these times: "And then many 
will be offended, betray one another, and hate one 
another. And many false prophets will rise and de- 
ceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the 
love of many will grow cold. 11 (Matthew 24:10-12) 

Then there are some who are I'always" learning and 
never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 ' 
(II Timothy -3:7) But how simple It is to know the 
truth, so simple that even some of the "simple" be- 
come confused. Oh that we all can be simple-minded 
and remember that by this shall all men know we are 
His disciples, if we have love one to 'another. 

Would we be willing to die for Him, for our breth- 
ren? "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay 
down his life for his friends. You are my friends if 
you do whatever I command you." (John 15:13,14.) 

To be continued next issue 

— Ronald L. Gable 
Goshen, Indiana 


I said a prayer for you today, 

and knew God must have heard. 
I felt the answer in my heart, 

although He spoke no word. 
I didn't ask for wealth or fame; 

I knew you wouldn ! t mind. 
I asked for priceless treasures rare 

of a more lasting kind. 
I prayed that He'd be near to you 

at the start of each new day* 
To grant you health and blessings fair 

and friends to share your way. 
I asked for happiness for you 

in all things great and small. 
But that you'd know His loving care, 

I prayed the most of all. 

Anonymous Selected by Samuel Flora 

12 : THE... P ILGRIM .... _ 



We include this short biography of Christoph Saur 
in our historical study even though this man was not 
exactly a member of the Brethren Church. The article 
itself will tell of the influence he had among the 
Brethren as well as many other early Americal fam- 
ilies. — L,C. 

Born In Laasphe, a village of Wittgenstein, in 
Westphalia, Germany > his birthplace being not far 
from Berleberg and Schwarzenau, two centers of great 
educational and religious activity, his early life 
received the impress of turbulent conditions which 
were producing sects, divisions and persecutions and 
led many to leave home and country for religious free- 
dom. It was a time of "protesting" against religious 
life, so cold and formal in the state church. In his 
early life no doubt with his parents he worshiped in 
the Reformed Lutheran church. They had high ambitions 
for their son and sought to make his career a success- 
ful one* He learned the spectacle trade and later in 
life added it as one of his lines of industry. He 
graduated from the harburg University, of Germany, the 
first founded (1527) of the larger Protestant educa- 
tional institutions* Later he went to Halle and took 
a course in medicine in Francke T s school* Thus pre- 
pared for life, biassed with vigorous natural endow- 
ments, it is no surprise to find later his diversified 
pursuits and wonderful success - 

Christoph Saur married one who once is mentioned as 
Maria Christina, and to them an only son was born. He 
was given 'his father's name and in his maturity became 
bishop of the Germantown congregation. 

Some influence, unknown today, prompted Saur and 
family to join a party of emigrants to America, and In 
the fall of 1724- they arrived In Germantown to begin 
life in a new world. Attracted, perhaps, by Conrad 
Beissel's work at Ephrata, in the spring of 1726 he 
moved upon a fifty-acre farm in Leacock township, 


Lancaster County, Pa. Here he blended farming and the 
practice of medicine , perhaps with doubtful success in 
the former. He soon became interested in his own sal- 
vation 5 and according to his own letter he 5 with two 
others, was baptized by Beissel on Whitsunday of 1728. 
His wife manifested a still deeper interest in the 
Beissel movement , the Seventh Day Ad vent 1st Brethren, 
and in 1730, forsaking her horne^ husband and son, en- 
tered into full fellowship and became a nun. She was 
made subprioress of the sisterhood In the house at 
Ephrata, and given the name Sister harcella. She re- 
mained faithful to- her vow until November, 1744s when, 
through the Influence of her son, she returned to her 
home in Germantown. Complete reconciliation on her 
part, however, was not effected until June 20, 1745, 
when she again took upon herself the full relations 
of the home . 

These were sad, lonely years for Saur-and his son. 
In 1731 they returned to Germ^ntown, purchased six 
acres of land within the present limits of the city of 
German-town, and built a house sixty by sixty feet, two 
stories and attic, In the lower part of which he began 
business as an optician. Later he added clock-making 
and apothecary departments* 

In 1738 he bought in Germany a printing outfit, 
consisting of a secondhand press and some type. It is 
presumed that it was purchased from the Brethren at 
Berleberg and had been used by them to print the old 
historic Berleberg Bible, so highly prized by the ear- 
ly church. At once he began book publishing. His 
first x^ras an ABC and spelling-book, which the pub- 
lisher announced could be used by any one irrespective 
of religious convictions. In 1739 the first Almanac 
published in German in America was sent out. Later 
this appeared in two colors and contained not ouly in- 
formation about the weather, the signs, and so on, but 
much valuable information about medicines and their 
uses. The Beissel faction wanted a large hymnbook, 
and he printed it, —one of the largest hymnbooks ever 
printed in America. From this till 1758 over three 
hundred different works went forth from his press. 


Among them was the Saur Bible , published in 174-3? a 
book containing 1,2^8 pages, 7|- x 10 inches- Almost 
insurmountable difficulties had to be overcome in 
printing this book. Type had to be made, — hammered 
out by hand on the anvil ; small sections had to be 
printed and stored away until the entire book was 
ready for binding- But this Bible was published forty 
years before Aitken issued his first Bible in English. 
No better characterization of the extent of Saur's 
work and influence can be given than this: 

"Could you have entered any German home from New 
York to Georgia in 1754- and asked, T ¥ho is Ghristoph 
baur? ! you would have learned that in every German 
home the Bible, opened morning and evening, was 
printed in 1743 by Ghristoph Saur; that the sanctuary 
and hearth were wreathed in music from the MVIDISCHS 
PSALTiiRSPIiLL, printed by Ghristoph Saur; that the fam- 
ily almanac, rich in medicinal and historic data, and 
containing the daily weather guide of the family, was 
printed by Ghristoph Saur in 1739* and every year 
thereafter until his death, in 1758, and then by his 
son until 1778; that the religious magazine, prized 
with pious ardor and read with profound appreciation, 
was printed by Ghristoph Saur; that the secular news- 
paper, containing all the current domestic and foreign 
news, linking the farm of the German with the whole 
wide world, was printed in 1739 by Ghristoph Saur; 
that the ink and paper used in sending letters to 
loved ones across the sea came from the shop of 
Ghristoph Saur, and was of his own manufacture; that 
the new six-plate stove f glowing in the long winter 
evenings with warmth and welcome, was invented and 
sold by Ghristoph Saur; that the medicine that brought 
. health to the sick was compounded by Dr. Ghristoph 
Saur; that the old clock, telling the hours, the 
months and phases of the moon, in yon corner of the 
room, was made by Ghristoph Saur; that almost every 
book upon the table was printed by Ghristoph Saur, 
upon his own press, with type and ink of his own man- 
ufacture 9 and bound in his own bindery; that the 
dreadful abuses and oppressions they suffered in 


crossing the Atlantic had been lessened by the heroic 
protests to Gov. Denny of one man, and that man was 
Christoph Saur; that sick emigrants upon landing at 
Philadelphia were met by a warm friend who conveyed 
them in carriages to his own house, and without money 
and without price nursed them to health, had the 
Gospel of the Savior preached to them, and sent them 
rejoicing and healed into their wilderness homes, and 
that friend was Christoph Saur; that in short, the 
one grandest German of them all, loved and followed 
most devoutly, was Christoph Saur, the Good Samaritan 
of Germantown. " (Quote from M. G. Brumbaugh) 

He was laid to rest in the cemetery at Germantown, 

From Some Who Led Pages 19-22 

By D. L. Miller and Galen. B. Royer 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Love feast, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on April 1? and 18. We sin- 
cerely welcome all to come and be with us at this time 
of communion a:id revival . 

— Joseph L. Cover 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on May 28, 29, 
and 30 at the meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. 
Friday will be council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pente- 
cost) will be public preaching; and Saturday evening 
will be the Communion service, A hearty invitation is 
extended to all of our brethren, sisters, and friends 
to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 

There may be a wrong way to do the right thing, but 
never a right way to do a wrong thing. 

Selected by Leona Miller 



The sap is flowing! The frosty night is pasto The 
sunshine melts the snow, and the sweet water of the 
maple tree drips steadily through the spout and into 
the pail. Before the bucket is full, it is emptied 
into a larger tank and carried by sled or wagon to the 
sugar shack. There, in the evaporator, the sap be- 
comes hotter and hotter. As the water is boiled out 
«f the steaming sap, the syrup that is left becomes 
sweeter and sweeter, until delicious pure Maple Syrup 
is the result. It is poured into jugs or cans and is 
ready for use — ready to be poured onto ice cream or 
clean white snow, ready to be added to taffy or pan- 
cakes, or cottage cheese, or cornmeal mush, or to be 
used with a thousand other treats. 

Can you imagine how surprised a person would be to 
tap a maple tree and get sap from it tasting salty 
instead of sweet ? How unlikely! For God has designed 
the maples to produce sweet sap, and that's exactly 
what they will continue to do. 

We do not all have maple trees we can tap. But 
each of us has a "fountain" which is continually 
pouring out sweetness or unpleasantness. It is called 
the tongue. God designed it well, and He wants us to 
always use it well. But we find ourselves saying not 
only sweet words, but sometimes from the same fount ain 
flow out bitter or impure words. Can it be? "Doth a 
fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and 
bitter? Let's have tongues like the maple tree, that 
pour out sweetness to bless others. "Pleasant words 
are as an honeycomb (or maple syrup), sweet to the 
soul." — Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

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VOL. 29 APRIL-MAY, 1982 NGS* 4 & 5 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2-.u 


There came from the skies in the days long ago 

The Lord with a message of love; 
The world knew Him not; He was treated with scorn — 

This wonderful gift from above. 

He came to His own — to the ones that He loved; 

The sheep that had wandered astray; 
They heard not His voice , but the friend of mankind 

Was hated and driven away. 

The birds have their nests, and the foxes have holes, 

But He had no place for His head; 
A pallet of stone on the cold mountain side 

Was all that He had for His bed, 

I cannot reject such a Savior as He; 

Dishonor and wound Him again; 
I r ll go to His feet and repent of my sin, 

Be willing to suffer the pain. 

They crowned Him with thorns; He was beated with 

He was smitten and nailed to the tree, 
But the pain in His heart was the hardest to bear, 
The heart that was broken for me . 

By J. W. Van de Venter 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Medical science is waging a worldwide war on sick- 
ness and death. hen ! s lives have been extended 
through these efforts.. It has brought much comfort 
and consolation to its patients. Stilly through it 
all, death is an inescapable fact of this life. But 
there jus consolation and hope. 

The good news is that Jesus overcame the fear of 
death nearly two thousand years ago. Paul declares 
in Romans 5*10, "For if ? when we were enemies, we 
were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much 
more, being reconciled^ we shall be saved by his 
life. 11 These are facts , not suppositions. Though it 
tooK. place nearly two thousand years ago ? the details 
of Jesus Christ 1 s resurrection are among the best at- 
tested in all history. Latthew, Mark, Luke and John, 
the two followers who met Jesus on the Emmaus road, 
Thomas, and many others tell us Jesus died and rose 

Jesus 1 enemies would have given much for a shred 
of evidence to disprove the resurrection, but they 
found none. 

First, there is the fact that Jesus really died. 
That was the purpose of the crucifixion administered 
by Roman soldiers. After six hours of indescribable 
agony ? the Gospels tell us He died. At the end of 
the day, when the soldiers came to break the victims 1 
legs, they found Him already dead. The earth also 
responded to His death. Matthew 27:5*1: "And, behold, 
the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top 
to the bottom; and the earth did quake , and the rocks 
rent. . . n 

Our Lord f s body was taken down from the cross by 
Joseph, one of His disciples, and buried in the cus- 
tomary manner in his own new tomb which was hewn out 
of a rock, and a great stone was rolled unto the door. 


His enemies, fearful of His rising from the dead, 
tried to prevent it by putting a watch at His tomb. 
When the time came for Him to come forth, this watch, 
or band of soldiers, became as dead men. An angel of 
the Lord descended from heaven and rolled back the 
stone from the door and sat upon it. 

Jesus was seen by many after His resurrection. 
Paul declares in I Corinthians 15: M For I delivered 
unto you first of all that which I also received, how 
that Christ died for our sins according to the scrip- 
tures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again 
the third day according to the scriptures: And that he 
was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, 
he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of 
whom the greater part remain unto this present, but 
some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of 
James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he 
was seen of me also. . . n 

Believers who saw the risen Christ were changed; 
they were convinced of Jesus 1 resurrection. Days ear- 
lier they were crushed, defeated, discouraged, and a~ 
fraid. Then a total change came over them. In the 
face of opposition and almost certain death, they went 
out with boldness to preach a living Christ everywhere. 
Why? Because they knew He was alive. 

Yes, Jesus Christ rose from the grave and lives 
today. But the good news is something more. It is the 
assurance that all true followers of Christ who die 
will one day be raised even as Christ Himself was 
raised. "Because I live, " Jesus told His disciples in 
John 14-: 19, "ye shall live also." Let us anchor our 
faith in this absolute fact. 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Unless we ignore facts, the resurrection from the 
dead is one of our most vital issues today. As we see 
our friends passing away, many questions come to our 
minds — questions that are completely unanswered unless 


we believe the answers in God's Word. And even in 
His Word, God has not chosen to answer completely all 
the questions we could ask* 

An agnostic (one who believes we cannot know the 
answers) once said 3 "Every cradle asks us 'Whence?' 
Every coffin asks us 'Whither? !M He continued with 
the statement that no one knows- — the barbarian's an- 
swer is as good as the clergyman ' s. Perhaps he was 
right if we are only reckoning with man's intellect* 
Where did we come from? Where are we going from here? 
We believe that God has revealed what we need to know, 
and that the Christian knows by faith what the most 
educated and intelligent can never learn without it. 

Centuries ago, Job asked, "If a man die, shall he 
live again? 11 In all of Job's experience , there was 
nothing tc s ive him a definite answer until it was 
revealed to him. He probably knew about Enoch's walk 
with God and God's taking him without the experience 
of death* But were there any who had gone through 
death and returned? Job was certainly facing death 
in his extreme affliction. "If a man die ? shall he 
live again?" Surely by revelation he answers his own 
question: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and 
that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 
And though after my skin worms destroy this body,, yet 
in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for 
myself , and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; 
though my reins be consumed within me." (Job 19:25-27) 

Paul raises and, answers several questions in I 
Gorinthians 15- In verse 35 he writes, "But some man 
will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what 
body do they come?" He gives a reasonable illustra- 
tion about the seed. The resurrection is like sprout- 
ing seed in several' ways. He explains, "That which 
thou sowest is not quickened,, except it die*" Jesus 
said (John 12:24-), "Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, 
it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth 
much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; 
and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep 
it unto life eternal." 


The little seed lasts for years if it is not 
planted. In fact, some wheat from a tomb of one of 
the Egyptian Pharaohs was planted,, and it grew after 
thousands of years in storage . Until it was planted 
and the seed "died" or ceased being a seed, it could 
not germinate and become the fresh green plant with 
new life. So it is with us. As long as we are here 
in the body,, the work of resurrection to new life can- 
not be completed. If we could see as God sees, surely 
we would be longing for that time to come and that 
work to be done, how they are raised up and with what 
body they come Is not completely revealed to us. But 
we know the new body will be different and perhaps as 
much mere glorious as the fresh, green plant is more 
beautiful than a dry, shriveled seed. Paul further 
explains , ". . . It is sown in corruption; it is 
raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; It 
is raised In glory: it is sown in weakness; it is 
raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is 
raised a spiritual body. . . » (I . Corinthians 15: 4:2-44) 

About our bodies and the hope of having new bodies, 
Clarence E„ Macartney in The Faith Once Delivered has 
this to say: "James Russell Lowell once suggested 
this epitaph for himself: 'Here lies that part of 
James Russell Lowell which hindered him from doing 
well.' In certain respects that is true. Alas, how 
many sermons have never been preached, how many books 
never written,, how many pictures never painted, how 
many songs never composed, how many words of mercy and 
honor never done, because of a weak eye, a weak back, 
a weak heart, or some thorn in the fleshl Then, too, 
the body sometimes rebels against the spirit. 'The 
flesh lusteth against the spirit,' and the body be- 
comes a hiding place for evil passions. But that is 
not the whole story of the body. How faithful and 
obedient a servant to the spirit the body is, even now- 
How immediately, perfectly, it expresses the thought 
of the mind, the emotion of the heart, fear, sorrow, 
love, hope, reverence, and aspiration. If that is so 
even here, even in this body with its limitations, 
what, then, will It be like when this body has been 


'fashioned like unto (Christ's) glorious body,' and 
when the redeemed body has been united forever to a 
redeemed soul! . . . H 

Since Jesus died and rose again ^ we have all the 
answers we really need. He says, "I am the resurrec- 
tion, and the life: he that believeth in me, though 
he were dead, yet shall he live; And whosoever liveth 
and believeth in me shall never die," If we believe, 
surely we have the answers. — L*G. 


I have never heard a member of our church say the 
following but I have heard several Old Order Brethren 
who have chosen to remove themselves from our member- 
ship rolls make the comment that the power of their 
witness was hindered by the wearing of our uniform. 

I am puzzled why they have found this to be so. 
These good Christian people seem to feel that whatever 
benefits derived from the uniform are outweighed by 
the disadvantages* 

The only one of these disadvantages I have heard 
them speak of is that those who might want to talk 
about the Lord or have questions relating to spiritual 
matters don't want to speak with a Ghristian whose 
apparel is distinctive — the uniform somehow causes a 
barrier between the two which is difficult to overcome* 

I am puzzled because this has not been my experi- 
ence. I i^as not raised In the old order churches. As 
long .as I can remember, though, I always considered 
myself a Christian, I know I spoke of the Lord often 
in conversations, but I don't recall any stranger just 
coming up to me and 'wanting to talk about Jesus, Christ 
or ask about what types of things I or my church be- 

I must say that in the past year and a half all 
this has changed. It Is a rare week that goes by when 
the opportunity doesn't present itself where a witness 
can't be given j when perfect strangers don't engage me 
in conversation about the Lord. I have thought about 


what it is that has happened to me during this period 
to have caused such a dramatic reversal. I could come 
to only one conclusion. . . the uniform. 

My limited experience makes me think that perhaps 
their argument is merely an excuse. An excuse is noth- 
ing more than an explanation given to gain pardon for 
an act not performed. Others might call this ration- 

I have often thought that if my coat really were to 
hinder my witness I could simply take it off. 

What really is important in making your witness ef- 
fective is not the cut of your clothes or the slickness 
of your presentation but rather your conviction* 

If you really believe in what you are saying, there 
is nothing that can dilute the truth of your witness. 
I don ! t care if you are wearing rags, the most expen- 
sive suit made, or anything in between; if you believe 
in what you are saying, then your energy, your sense of 
urgency, your genuine desire to help that lost or hurt- 
ing soul will be felt by that person; and your .witness 
will bear fruit - 

It would seem logical to assume that our obedience 
to God ! s desire for His children in wearing modest 
clothing should only strengthen, rather than weaken, 
our witness. 

I know we have all heard it said n to accentuate the 
positive and eliminate the negative." I think this is 
good advice for the subject at hand. If I really want 
to be effective in my witness, or working in some mis- 
sionary outreach like World Vision or anything else, 
the one ingredient you must possess to realize the de- 
sired result is conviction — the faith that what you 
are doing is pleasing to God and that God is pleased 
with you. 

It is possibly good to take courses and classes in 
evangelism and know the best approaches, terms and 
scriptures; but without true, God-given conviction and 
commitment, it is worth nothing. 

No collarless coat or prayer covering has ever in- 
terfered with this type of witness and I doubt it ever 
will. An excuse is nothing more than that. . . an ex- 
cuse. — John Schonwald 


( continued ) 

"Let love be without hypocrisy" (pretense). True 
Christian love must come from the heart of the soul 
and in no way can it be acted out* "Be ki ndly affec- 
tionate to one another." (Romans 12:9,10*"]" This leaves 
no room for ill feelings toward brethren; ". . . with 
brotherly love,, in honor giving preference to one an- 
other." No room for contentions, disputings, railings, 
or bickering. "Be kindly affectionat e", gentle , soft- 
spoken, with a real concern for one another.. Soft- 
spoken words will melt a frozen heart. They turn away 
wrath. They help one to have the incentive to do 
righto If admonishment is needed, they help keep hurt 
feelings away. Thus, they are a preserver of the soul. 

The Apostle Paul, in writing to the church at 
Corinth, declared with much feeling: "For out of much 
affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with 
many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that 
you might know the love which I have so abundantly for 
you . Therefore I urge you to confirm your love to 
him" (one who has sinned). (II Corinthians 2; 4/8) Oh 
that we might all have this spirit of love. "For the 
love of Christ constrains us (holds us together) be- 
cause we judge thus: that If one died for all, then 
all died." (II Corinthians 5 -1 4) Jesus died so that 
we would have something to live for other than our- 
selves. If we are saturated in Christ, we will know 
no man after the flesh, but through our new spiritual 

Me should be able to prove in our daily life that 
we are brethren of Christ, through "patience, afflic- 
tions, necessities, distresses, plagues, Imprisonments, 
tumults, labours, watchings, fastings, by pureness, 
knowledge, longsuffering, kindness, the Holy Spirit, 
love unfeigned, the Word of Truth, power of God, ar- 
mour of righteousness, honor and dishonor, evil report 
and good report, as deceivers and yet true; as unknown, 
and yet well known; as dying and lo, we live; as chas- 
tened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always re- 


joicing; as poor,, yet making many rich; as having 
nothing, yet possessing all things." (See II Gorin- 
thians 6, King James Version) How do we compare to 
this list?' "Prove the sincerity of your love." (8:8) 
"0 (Brethren)! We have spoken openly to you, our 
heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but 
you are restricted by your own affections. " (6:11-12) 

GERhS MP THL S US C&PTIBLL SOUL . We. may think that 
our soul is in good health, but when we think this, 
beware! This Is another aspect of disease — -not real- 
izing that our souls can get "run down" like our bod- 
ies do. If we let this go, we can soon become lethar- 
gic or even unconscious of our condition. We'll talk 
about this later! 

What do we mean by "germs"? Envy, jealousy, back- 
biting, murmuring, disputing, strife; these are a few. 
The others are gross sins, but these are sins -too. Do 
we realize It? 

"But If you have bitter envy and self-seeking In 
your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 
(James 3:14) "For where envy and self-seeking exist, 
confusion and every evil thing will be there." (v. 16) 

"These are murmurers . complainers , walking accord- 
ing to their own lusts . • <=" (Jude 16) 

"Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, 
envying one another." (Galatians 5:26) 

"Love suffers long and^is kind; love does not envy ; 
love does not parade itself, Is not puffed up; does 
not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not pro- 
voked, thinks no 'evil . . . » (I Corinthians 13:4,57" 

"... For you are still carnal. For where there 
are envy, strife and divisions among you, are you not 
carnal and behaving like mere menl u (l Corinthians 3x3) 

"For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you 
such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such 
as you do not wish; lest there be contentions , jeal - 
ousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions . back- 
bit ings, whisperings , conceits, tumults . . „» (II 
Corinthians 12s 20) 

These are all little germs, Infections, viruses, or 
septic (impure) conditions. They start out small, 

. 1_0 THE PILGRIM _ 

hardly noticed, but they grow and spread If left un- 

Only the power of God can overcome these things, 
for we are "mere men" * This Is our natural behavior. 
So we need to come to grips with ourselves. Instead 
of having a physical exam, we need a spiritual exam. 
This can only be done by ourselves before God, 
"Search me, God, and know my heart: try me, and know 
my thoughts; And see if there be any wicked way in me, 
and lead me In the way everlasting . " (Psalm 139:23,24) 
This is submission to God's will and way. This is the 
spirit we must maintain In order to keep our peace 
with God and our brethren. This is humility to the 
highest degree, 

"Rejoice in the Lord always* Again I will say re- 
joice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The 
Lord Is at hand* Be anxious for nothing, but in every- 
thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, 
let your requests be made known to God| and the peace 
of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard 
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philip- 
pians 4,; 4-7) (To be continued) — Ronald L. Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Breth ren Church will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 28, 29, and 30 at the 
meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana, Friday will be 
council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) will be 
public preaching; »and Saturday evening will be the 
Communion service. A hearty invitation is extended to 
all of our brethren, sisters, and friends to attend. 

— Melvln Coning 


■We were ..all made to rejoice when Eavid Knight saw 
his need of a Saviour and requested Christian Baptism 
which was administered April 11, 1982* May the Lord 
guide him to a faithful walk with Him. 

— Melvin Coning 



JACOB GUY HOOTMAN, son of Jacob Guy Hootman and 
Molly (Porter) Hootman, was born on July 5, 1896, near 
Kilbourne, Iowa, and departed this life in the rest 
home in Modesto, California, on April 15, 1982, at the 
age of 85 years, 9 months, and 10 days. 

His father passed away before he was born, and a- 
bout 1907 ^ he with his mother and sister moved to 
southern California where he remained until 1951, when 
he moved to Modesto, California. to spend his remaining 
days* He spent the majority of his life near the soil 
as a gardener and lawn keeper. 

He was married on May 2, 1937s to lavora Myrtle 
Miller, who preceded him in death on February 22, 
1955. This union was blessed with one son, Keith 
El win Hootman. 

He was again united in marriage to Eff ie Lou Bauman 
on April 14-, 1956, She. passed away on March 28, 1966. 

He was baptized into the Old German Baptist Breth- 
ren Church on July 6, 194-1, in the New River district 
near Whittier, California, which fellowship he enjoyed 
and remained faithful until death. He was preceded in 
death by his mother and sister and the above named. 
He is survived by his son, Keith, and wife, Iris.; 
three grandchildren, Cynthia, Heidi, and Alan, all at 
Salida, California; one nephew, one niece, and other 
relatives and friends. 

During his lifetime he composed many poems and 
short articles, some of which were published in the 
Vindicator, that were an inspiration and joy to those 
who read them. 

Funeral servicer were held April 18 in the West 
Modesto meeting hc-rse and burial was in Wood Colony 
Cemetery. Officiating were Elders Orlando Blickenstaff , 
Daniel Stamy, and Leslie Cover. 

—The Family 

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be 
absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 

II Corinthians 5:° 


ESTHER MAE WAGNER, daughter of Joseph and Anna 
(MohlerJ Cover, was born September 27, 1906 near 
Covert, Michigan. In 1908? she moved with her parents 
to Modesto, California, where she spent the remainder 
of her life. 

In her early years , she was baptized with the Old 
Brethren Ghurch. She married Ernest Paul Wagner on 
December 11, 1927, and they spent over 54- years to- 
gether, all but the last two years in their farm home 
near Modesto, 

Six children were born to this marriage; the first 
child, Edith, died when a tiny infant* Esther passed 
away In her sleep on April 20, 1982, having lived over 
75 years. 

Remaining are her beloved husband, Ernest P. Wagner, 
and their children, ELla Mae Arnett, Alan Wagner, Mary 
Anna Wagner, Edmund Wagner, and Charles Wagner; their 
9 grandchildren; also her brother, James D. Cover, and 
three sisters, Ruth Barton, Alice Skiles, and Ella 
Wagoner. Her brother, Joseph I* Cover, and her sister, 
Orpha Barton, preceded her in death. 

Our mother 1 s life was a manifestation of a 
Christian's love and charity. She possessed a special 
empathy for the needs and feelings of those around her 
and extended herself to the limit in service to others. 
Her loving and skillful care of our father in later 
years will be especially remembered by all of us. 
Notable was her love of children, and the grandchil- 
dren always looked forward to a visit to Grandma 1 s 
house v 

The love that she gave so willingly and unselfishly 
will always be an inspiration to us* 

Funeral services were held April 23, 1982, at Salas 
Brothers Mortuary by Elders Joseph L. Cover and Leslie 
Cover. Burial was at Wood Colony Cemetery • 

—The Family 

...Death is swallowed up in victory. death, 
where is thy sting? grave, where is thy victory? 
I I Corinthians 15:54,55 



January 25, T7T2-- March 20, 1803 

Born in Schwarzenau, Germany $ he was the oldest son 

of Alexander Mack, the founder of the Ghurch of the 
Brethren in Schwarzenau, and his wife, Anna Margaretha. 
The son had good educational advantages and made use 
of them. At sixteen he united with the Ghurch of the 
Brethren and became at once a very active, zealous 
member. The next year his father's family moved to 
Germantown, Pennsylvania, and "Sander, "--as he pre- 
ferred out of humility to sign his name because to him 
his full name was too dignified,, — learned the weaver's 
trade. He was successful and widely known for the 
stockings, caps and skirts he manufactured. He lived 
exceedingly simple, had few wants to supply, and saved 
as much as possible, with the hope some day, as he 
wrote his brother, he could n eat my own bread, yet, 
under the blessings of God. " This he accomplished to 
a fair degree, for he closed life owning thirty acres 
of land near Germantown and twenty-three acres of 
woodland not far away* 

On January 1, 1749, he was married, to Elizabeth : 
Nice, daughter of William Nice. To them were born two 
sons and six daughters, and from this family numerous 
descendants have arisen. 

Physically Mack was strong-^ and retained his forces 
well to the close of life. One day, when eighty-two 
years old, he walked ten miles. 

But greatest interest centers in his religious 

Upon the arrival of the family in Philadelphia, 
young Mack at once became a spirited exhorter on Sun- 
day afternoons to the unmarried people of the congre- 
gation. But in 1736, after the death of his father, 
he was greatly depressed, concluded- he would die, and 
made disposition of his property by a will. At this 
critical time one Stephen Koeh took an interest in him, 
and soon the strange doctrines of this man were re- 
flected in Mack's utterances. The year following he 


joined Koch and another in establishing a small 
monastery on Wissahickon. This should not be confused 
with the large , historic one still remaining as a 
landmark In the vicinity; for the one established by 
these three soon was forsaken and on March 21, 1738, 
with others Mack joined the Ephrata society. Here he 
manifested many phases of spiritual unrest and out- 
bursts of enthusiasm., He was known as Brother Tim- 
othetts. But all did not go well, even within the 
walls supposed to have shut out so much of the world 
and the devil. For about this time a rivalry grew up 
between Beissel, the superintendent, and Eckerlin, the 
prior, who sought to become superintendent- Mack 
sided in with Eckerlin and became a close associate. 
The tension grew so intense that in 1744 Eckerlin, 
with three others, Mack being one of them, started on 
a long journey, hoping absence would help to relieve 
the situation. They visited Amwell, New Jersey, 
Barnegat, by the sea, New London, where they had 
largely-attended meetings, and on to New York, where 
they were arrested on the supposition that they were 
Jesuits. They were liberated through a friend. Upon 
their final return to Ephrata they found the trouble 
no less. Eckerlin, disheartened, traveled "towards 
the setting sun four hundred miles." 

If Mack went along with Eckerlin he soon returned, 
for in 1748 record shows that he had lived long enough 
in Germantown to win the confidence of the people, 
even after his waywardness and restlessness, for he 
was appointed in joint oversight with Chris toph Saur 
over the Germantown congregation. The appointment was 
n on trial", so the. record runs; five years after by 
laying on of hands these men, on June 10, 1753, were 
ordained bishops. 

Mack made an unusually good bishop. He served the 
church in that capacity over fifty years. Though 
quiet, reserved, guarding well against sinful innova- 
tions, he was still tender to the erring and had a 
warm heart for the penitent. He would salute an ap- 
plicant for membership before baptism, calling him 
brother. la greatest reluctanpe after over a year of 


prayerful exhortation and labor he would "set back" 
from the bread and wine and salutation an erring 
brother who would not heed his pleadings. 

He was not a powerful preacher, but his pen minis- 
try was perhaps much larger than that of any other 
member of the early church, Many of his letters are 
preserved and reflect the ideals and spirit of the 
day* He was an author of prominence , defending well 
the doctrines of the Brethren in a number of able 
treatises. In addition he was among the best poets 
and hymn writers of the early church. Being exceeding- 
ly thoughtful for the poor, he never missed an oppor- 
tunity of helping the needy everywhere. 

He seemed to realize his end was near. He rarely 
visited the members of his own family in his own town 
during his declining years. But one Sunday, in the 
latter part of 1802, he went home after church with 
his daughter, Hannah Weaver, and before departing gave 
her a slip of paper which proved to be the epitaph for 
his tomb. He had placed the year, and left the month 
and day to be supplied, and missed it but a few months. 
His body lies with those early leaders in the cemetery 
in Germantown. : 

From Some Who Led, pages 23-25 

By D. L. Miller and Galen B. Royer 


R0YER-FL0RA - Paul Royer and Rose Etta Flora were 
united in marriage March 28 at Bradford, Ohio. 

WALKER-COVER - David Walker and Carrie Cover were 
united In marriage April 3 at Modesto, California. 


BLOCHER - A son, Gerald Paul, was bom April 28 to 
Don and Penny Blocher of Urbana, Indiana, 



As free as a bird, for she is a bird, the little 
woodpecker dips from the sky* She sweeps to the cavity 
in her nesting tree, lands gently, hangs briefly at 
the edge of her home, and disappears inside. She has 
returned to her babies dozens of times in like manner, 
but will never join them again. For when she flies 
from the tree, her world crashes to a halt* 

She beats her wings frantically inside the smelly 
mayonnaise jar from a nearby dump. 

"I got it I 11 shouts the young boy triumphantly as he 
separates the bottle from the tree just enough to 
slide the jar lid to its place- The mother woodpecker's 
heart races furiously as he carries her away from the 
forest to his home. He places her with some water and 
food into a cardboard box. A glass lid is laid on top, 
and a few days later the frightened little bird dies* 

Not many woodpeckers will ever perish from being 
caught in old jars by thoughtless boys. But every year 
thousands of young men ana women begin to die spiritual 
death at the hands of a cruel enemy — that old serpent, 
the Devil* "For man also knoweth not his time; . . . 
as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the 
sons of man snared in an evil time, when it falleth 
suddenly upon them." (Eccl. 9:12) Cigarettes, drugs, 
alcohol, filthy magazines and popular music are only a 
few of the baits that he uses to lure foolish youth in- 
to snares from which very few can ever escape,, He 
promises them pleasure. But as soon as the trap Is 
closed, he carries them away — away from all pleasure to 
his horrible home—their joy and their freedom lost. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM S ° nora > Calif * 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif 


VOL. 29 JUNE-JULY, 19S2 NOS. 6 & 7 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 


. .If so be that we suffer with him, that we may 
be also glorified together." — Romans 8:17 

This weighty burden thou dost bear, 

This heavy cross, 
It is a gift the Lord bestows, 

And not a loss; 
it is a trust that He commits 

Unto thy care, 

A precious lesson He has deigned 

With thee to share. 
■Rejoice that He so honors thee 

And so esteems, 

' That he should give into thy hands 
The things He deems 

Of highest worth; the crown of thorns 
With Him to wear, 

And all the suffering of that crown 

With Him to bear, 
That by and by His glory, too, 

With Him thou 1 It share. 

— Annie Johnson Flint 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


On the night of July 5 we watched in wonder as the 
shadow of the earth slowly but surely crept across the 
surface of the moon. The eclipse began at 10:33 P.M., 
and in an hour T s time the moon was completely darkened 
and remained that way over 1 1/2 hours. Then just as 
surely, on the opposite edge of the moon's surface, 
a bright spot appeared and grew larger and! larger until 
the shadow had completely passed, and the moon once 
again showed full and bright. 

To see a heavenly event like this, and then to 
realize that men had predicted that it would happen 
on that very minute of July 5> makes us marvel at the 
accuracy and the consistency — the dependability — of 
God ! s creation and of God Himself. We read in His 
Word of His faithfulness and feel this faithfulness 
in our lives. But here it is revealed in such a dram- 
atic, visable way, that with God there is no variable- 
ness. (James 1:17) 

When we look at our own lives and the scene around 
us, we see continual change. The styles change; our 
language changes; nations and whole cultures rise and 
fall. Our bodies fail; our hair grows white or thin 
or both. And soon the great change of death will end 
cur journey here. 

In this kind of environment it is comforting to look 
to God as the One who changes not. He created the world 
to be inhabited by man, and there are some things we 
can depend on and that will not change while time lasts. 
This dependability of God and His creation no^ only 
comforts us and gives us stability if we are His 
children, but it also is evidence to us that this world 
is the creation of God and His Word is true. 

Quoting from God 's Orderly World (Book One) dj 
Lester Showalter: 


"The world God created is orderly. This means that 
there are patterns, system, and regularity about the 
way it is made. There are also rules or laws which 
govern the way the world works. Although it takes work 
and effort to produce order, it is very easy to produce 
disorder. You can find this out for yourself by doing 
the following exercise. 

"Select twelve toothpicks and drop them one at -a 
time on the surface of a table from a height of 2 feet 
above the table. Since the arrangement of the tooth- 
picks on the table does not follow any pattern, you 
have produced disorder. It was very easy to produce 
disorder. Do you think it would ever be possible to 
cause the toothpicks to form a uniform pattern (a set 
of triangles, diamonds, hexagons, or a spiral) by drop- 
ping them as you just did? Do you think they would 
fall orderly if you repeated this exercise one hundred 
times? One thousand times? Ten thousand times? Of 
course your answers will be l no. r 

"God's world is put together with patterns and order. 
Can you think of some place in creation where God used 
six-sided figures? Squares? Circles? Parallel lines? 
The honeycomb, snowflakes, salt crystals, moon craters, 
and tree trunks all remind us of order and patterns. 

"Now try to arrange your twelve toothpicks so that 
they are all parallel, 1 inch apart, and form an even 
line along the top and bottom. 

"You will discover that the more accurate you try 
to make your orderly arrangement, the more you must 
rely on measurement, numbers, and mathematics. Yet, 
what kind of measurement does the spider have as it 
weaves Its web? What kind of number does a pear tree 
know when it produces five petals on every pear blossom? 
What kind of mathematics has the sunflower studied that 
allows it to form its seeds in regular spirals? 

"This world is too orderly to have been produced by 
chance. It required none less than the all-powerful, 
all-knowing, eternal God of heaven to create the 
world. . ." 

Isaac Newton is said to have had an unbelieving 
visitor who noticed a mechanical model of the solar 


system in Newton T s study. 

"Who made it?" questioned the visitor. 

"Nobody/* replied Newton. 

"What kind of a fool do you take me for?" the man 
shot back angrily. "This is the work of a genius." 

Newton reached out to touch a tiny globe. "It is 
only a poor imitation of a much greater system/* he 
said. "How is it,, my friend, that I cannot convince 
you that this toy didn f t have a designer, though you 
believe the great original has come into being without 
a designer or maker?" 

So it is. "The heavens declare the glory of God; 
and the firmament sheweth his handywork." 

About Jesus it is said, "All things were made by him; 
and without him was not anything made that was made. 
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness 
comprehended it not. 11 (John 1:3-5) Hebrews 13:8 de- 
clares simply, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and 
to day and for ever." 

In Jesus Christ, God's Son and our Redeemer, we 
discover order, constancy, peace, and harmony in. the 
spiritual realm. Jesus died to defeat the disorder 
and chaos of sin, rebellion, darkness, and death. He 
can bring order to our lives of confusion and discord 
when we yield to Him. It cannot happen by chance or 
without a designer, but it takes the operation and 
power of God. The One who created the heavens and the 
earth says (Revelation 21:5-7), "Behold, I make all 
things new... I am' Alpha and Omega, the beginning and 
the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the 
fountain of the water of life freely. He that over- 
cometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his Gcdi, 
and he shall be my son," This new creation involves 
His new people and has such perfect order that It will 
go on eternally. — L,C, 

The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; 
the world, and they that dwell therein. 

—Psalm 24:1 



Once on a trip in the West it was my privilege to 
stand on the brink of a magnigicerit canyon whose depth 
and length was tremendous ♦ It was inspiring and hum- 
bling to stand and behold this beautiful scene. It 
had such a vast and yet such a complete harmony and 
beauty that man's best attempts to match or make any- 
thing to compare with it would pale to insignificance. 
I have thought since that any attempt of man to add to 
or change It from the way God created it,, would only 
take away from its beauty and harmony. The best use 
for it Is to leave it as He made It, enjoy its beauty, 
and praise Him for His wisdom, power, and goodness in 
giving us such beauties to enjoy. 

I feel that our attitude towards God's plan "of sal- 
vation should be ouite similar. When we arrive at the 
brink where we with our spiritual eye can behold and 
grasp to some degree the depth and the height (the 
magnitude) of this wonderful accomplishment of God's, 
it should Inspire and humble us and make us realize 
that man's best attempts to add to or make anything to 
compare with it would end in miserable failure. It is 
so magnificent, . so harmonious, and so complete that 
any addition or change by man only takes away from its 
harmony and beauty. Man's place is to accept it with 
joy and thankfulness, and- to glorify and praise our 
almighty Redeemer who loved us so much that He was 
willing to come. into this world, live as we live, and 
teach the way of truth, and even to die the ignominious 
death of the cross to provide this perfect plan. 

Let us not be among those who wrest His teachings 
or attempt to alter His perfect plan of salvation to 
their destruction. Rather let us with meekness and 
humility accept and practise all His teachings so we 
may be a "vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for 
the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." 

James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 



The world fights wars one way, and we Christians are 
told In Holy Scripture to fight another way. n For 
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the 
flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, 
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong 
holds i ) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing 
that exalteth Itself against the knowledge of God, and 
bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience 
of Christ; 11 (II Corinthians 10*3-5; 

The Scriptures appear clear to me as to the stand 
we Christians are to take regarding war, I believe our 
stand of. non-resistance is correct, It saddens me, 
however, as I speak with other good Christians who do 
not share this view; who are willing to take up the 
sword, if need be, against an aggressor. 

The world press tells me that today the nations of 
the world are as close to war as we have been in the 
past few decades. Perhaps it would benefit us all to 
review in our daily readings some of the Scriptures 
the Lord has given us on this subject, I offer only 
a few of many: Romans 12:18, 14:19, Titus 1:6, Hebrews 
12:14, James 3:17, Matthew 5:9, Mark 9:50. 

Romans 12:1 tells us that we are to "present our 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is our reasonable service. 1 ' I find it hard to 
understand how a Christian can go to war, kill and 
mutilate others, and still feel he Is presenting him- 
self a "living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God." 

Those who feel war is right often refer back to the 
Old Testament and point out the many times the Lord 
led His nation Israel into combat. It should be remem- 
bered here that Israel was, in going to war, responding 
to God's command and In all cases God was the Supreme 
Commander of the forces. This is not the case in our 
world today. 

Carl Sandburg sums up the horrors of war in a poem 
entitled "Buttons": 



I have been watching the war map slammed up for 

advertising in front of the newspaper office. 
Buttons— red and yellow buttons — blue and black 

buttons — are shoved back and forth across 

the map, 
A laughing young man, sunny with freckles, 
Climbs a ladder, yells a joke to somebody In the 

And then fixes a yellow button one inch west 
And follows the yellow button with a black button 

one inch west. 
(Ten thousand men and boys twist on their bodies 

in a red soak along a river edge, 
Gasping of wounds, calling for water, some 

rattling death in their throats.) 
YJho would guess what it cost to move two buttons 

one inch on the war map here in front of the 

newspaper office where the freckle-faced young 

man is laughing to us? 

Submitted by John Schonwald 

Modesto, California 


in a diseased state, it may be that the brain of cur 
soul — the conscience — has become lethargic to this 
fact. By this we mean it is dulled by drowsiness or 
laziness. We may know that an impure condition exists 
in our soul and yet be too lethargic to do anything 
about it. Because of our lethargy, our conscience may 
know this impurity exists and even send its warning 
signals, but they are too sluggish to be noticed. 

A person in this condition may be able to overcome 
the lethargy and disease around certain people. As 
long as we aren't unconscious, we can wake up* So, as 
long as we are periodically awakened, we remain lethar- 
gic; remain asleep for a long perion of time and you 


will lapse into unconsciousness. 

What can we do? "...The blood of Christ, who 
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without 
spot to God (will) purge your conscience from dead 
works to serve the living God." (Heb. 9:14) We must 
come to grips with ourselves. If we can only realize 
the sinfulness of these "small" things, we will have a 
better and closer walk with Christ. This will make us 
feel better, even physically. Of course, our soul will 
profit more by getting its "brain syndrome" (conscience) 
healed by the blood of Christ. We will no longer feel 
the ft aches and pains" of a seared conscience. We will 
be In complete harmony with our brethren and will not 
need to feel the pangs of jealousy, envy, or whatever 
!! germs" we killed with the blood of Christ. We can 
refer to these impurities as "habits" for we do them 
without thinking. There are five steps to take in 
changing a bad habit; l) Recognize the bad habit and 
set a goal; 2) Recognize why it is bad; (Can you see 
any good in it?); 3) Replace this habit with a good 
one; 4) Take time with patience and reward for your- 
self; and 5) Persevere. 

No one needs to feel any worse than anyone else 
because we have all been through the same trial of a 
troubled conscience. We all know the guilty feeling 
of transgressions. We have felt the guilt, the haunted 
heart, self-reproach, and internal suffering. We are 
all alike in the sight of Christ; thus, we are all one 
in Christ; united in the bond of peace, held together 
in the love of Christ and secured fast in the faith of 

THE INJURED SOUL. When I first started working in 
the hospital, I was ajnazed at the number of injuries 
happening in one day in one city. They may be minor 
cuts, burns, foreign objects in eyes, or broken bones. 
We'll pay fifty dollars or more to get these injuries 
repaired because of the l) pain, 2)possibility of in- 
fection, 3) scarring or disfiguring, or 4) restriction 
. f our activity. Remember this. 

Our soul is very delicate. Who hasn T t had his feel- 
ings hurt? This is the conscience or "brain of the 


soul." Our physical brains tell us when it hurts; 
likewise our spiritual brain does the same. Who hasn r t 
felt the pain inflicted by a friend, brother, or sister 
who seemingly doesn't trust us, who puts little or no 
value on our judgment, who separates himself from us? 
In the soul with its heart filled with love, this causes 
"trauma" (a wound; disturbed state resulting from stress 
or injury.) This will cause a yearning for that person 
and for the return of peace and unity. 

I believe the Christian actually profits from these 
traumatic conditions. It helps to strengthen us^ to 
make us wise to the ways of the world. It has been 
said that the soul that knows no suffering is a weak 
soul, and this is a type of suffering. Now let's look 
at some things that can injure another soul. 

!• Self-seeking . When we are constantly seeking 
things for ourselves, we pay little attention to anyone 
else. We need to show interest and concern for one 
another. We need to help "bear one another's burdens" 
even if it's just to express encouragement. This will 
show that we have love to one another. The self-seeker 
will tend to forget about his obligations to others in 
the family, brotherhood, community, etc. This is -what 
it's all about — forgetting others and remembering self. 
This hurts others and it is a septic condition within 
the person. 

2* Murm u rer s , complainers . Jesus said that the 
birds of the air had nests to lodge in and foxes had 
holes to go in, but He had no place to go to sleep. 
Yet He never complained. I like to think of this when 
I am tempted to complain. We have no reason to corn^- 
plain, and it is disappointing to hear brethren com- 

3. Backbit ings, whisperings . Can you imagine the 
hurt feelings you would have if you found out that 
others were talking about you — about something you had 
said or done — and it wasn't even true, or it was twist- 
ed around? This is disappointing and should be humili- 
ating to those guilty. If we have time for such idle 
talk, maybe we should spend it on our knees. "But I 
say to you that for every idle word men may speak, 


they will give account of it In the day of judgment. 
For by your words you will be justified,, and. by your 
words you will be condemned." (Mat. 12:36,3?) 

4, Disregarding sound advice . I fear that' sometimes 
we hold ill feelings against other brethren, and we be- 
gin to discredit their judgments and advice. Perhaps 
because someone is doing well in his business, we feel 
jealous or envious because we aren f t. Is this an 
humble spirit? It is the opposite because we are 
thinking entirely of ourselves when we should be thank- 
ful that other brethren- are doing so well. Instead of 
finding fault, or being rebellious, be thankfull Let r s 
remember to count our blessings. 

When we have these attitudes, how can we accept 
admonishment? It Is very unlikely we will. The Apos- 
tle Paul had these problems, and he wrote to "examine 
yourselves. u (II Cor. 13:5) He then says to "prove 
yourselves." We need to put our souls up to trial 
against the Word. We need to grasp the impurity that 
we find-, and Christ will dispose of it. "And I will 
very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more 
abundantly I love you, the less I am loved . 11 (II Cor. 
12:15) Let ! s be diligent that we may not find our- 
selves as Paul found these Corinthians. 

The emergency .room is usually a very busy place with 
wide assortment of injuries. I f m sure that the "emer- 
gency room" in heaven is much busier; for that is where 
we turn when we are hurt. One of Paul's final instruc- 
tions is to "be complete." 

ONE FINAL THOUGHT: There is one aspect that is very 
different in our body and soul. If your body doesn't 
get rest, it will bee dragged down and its resistance 
to disease will be greatly lowered. With the soul, 
it is the opposite. If we would let rest, its resist- 
ance to disease ( Satan) would be lowered greatly 1 
Sometimes we not only want to give it rest,- but we want 
a vacation. This would be disastrous indeed! Our 
soul needs to keep constant watch, constant action, be 
constantly In touch with its Maker.' As the hymn writer 
pat it, "Constantly abiding," 



Of course , when we sleep, our hearts don't stop, nor 
cur breathing j although It slows somewhat. Our brains 
don't even stop. The main point here is: We are not 
In a conscious state when we sleep; we are sub-con- 
scious. When we dream, it is sub-consciously; but our 
conscience still works (it remains conscious). This 
makes me think of a spiritual hymn entitled "Wanta 
Rest. 11 One part says,, "After I have done my best, I 
wanta rest,, rest on Jesus' breast." This is essential- 
ly what will happen as far as when we will be able to 
"rest" our souls. Hebrews 4 talks about the promise 
of rest: "There remains therefore a rest for the- 
people of God. For he who has entered His rest has 
himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest 
anyone fall after the same example of disobedience." 
(Heb. 4:9-11) So here is the promise of rest provided 
we are diligent and steadfast. "For here we have no 
continuing city, but we seek the one to come." (Heb. 
13:14) "Nevertheless we, according to His promise, 
look for new heavens and a new earth In which righteous- 
ness dwells. Therefore, beloved, seeing that you lock 
for such things, be diligent that you may be found by 
him in peace, without spot, and blameless; and account 
that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation..." 
(II Peter 3:13-15) 

"pray for us; for we are confident that we have a 
good conscience, in all things desiring to live honor- 
ably," (Heb. 13:18) 

— Ronald L. Cable 
Go she n , Indiana 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agree to hold our Fall Lovefeast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on November 6 and 7. We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God richly 
bless this coming meeting and all who attend. 

— Joseph L. Coves' 



My sincere thanks to all the members and friends 
who sent cards and letters for my 79th birthday. 
Your love and concern are very much appreciated. 

May God bless^ you, 
Daniel F. Wolf 


Michael Harper's 10101 Shively Rd. Rt. 3 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 
(219) 862-4368 

Susie Wagner 1200 Woodrow Ave. Apt. 12 H 

Modesto, Calif. 95350 
(209) 529-6219 

Don Blocher's baby Jerrold 
John Bayer, Jr. Kentucky 


SEYMOUR - A son, Brian David, born May 10 to Mark and 
Debbie Seymour of Greenville, Ohio. 

MANGRUM - A son, Jonathan Richard, born July 13 to 
Richard and 'Carol (Pokey) Mangrum of Stockton, California. 

COVER - A son, Daniel John, born July 14 to Joe and 
Sherry Cover of Tuoluftne, California. 

A man may fail many times, but he isn r t a failure 
until he begins to blame somebody else. 

Selected by Mary Ellen Lavy 




"Martin Urner of blessed memory, " so with affection 
and respect was the first elder of the Goventry church 
spoken of by his assistant in the ministry, George Adam 
Martin* Martin Urner was the first elder ordained in 
America. He was a son of Ulrich Urner,. a native of the 
canton of Uri in Switzerland. Persecution drove the 
Urners to Alsace in France about 1682. Here in 1695 
Martin Urner was born. In 1708 Ulrich Urner and his 
three sons, Jacob, Hans, and Martin, emigrated to Penn- 
sylvania and settled perhaps in Roxborough, now a*; part 
of Philadelphia. The family soon removed to Lancaster 
County. He lived here as early as- 1712.' Six years 
later he purchased 450 acres of land on the Schuylkill, 
on part of which now stands the Coventry meetinghouse. 
Here his industry and business insight made him a pros- 
perous farmer. In 1722 he was attracted to Philadelphia, 
with many others, to hear the celebrated preacher 
Christian Libe, who was currently but erroneously re- 
ported to have sailed for America.- Failing to hear 
Libe, he visited Peter Becker at Germantown and became 
deeply concerned for his soul*s salvation. The visits 
between Urner and Becker were repeated until Christmas 
Day, 1723, when Peter Becker baptized Martin Urner and 
his wife, and four others in the Wissahickon Creek. 
On the evening of the same day they participlted in the 
first love feast celebrated in America. It was held in 
the house of John- Gomorry In Germantown. 

In the autumn of 1724 5 the memorable missionary tour 
of the Brethren occurred. On November 7> 1724> the 
Coventry church was formally organized. This is the 
second oldest congregation in America. Nine persons 
constituted the first organization; Martin Urner and 
his wife, Catharine; Harry Landis and wife, Peter 
Heffly, Daniel Eicher and wife, Owen Longacre, and 
Andrew Sell. 

Here on the Schuylkill Peter Becker preached to the 
new congregation, assisted by Martin Urner until 1729, 


when Alexander Mack came to America and ordained Broth- 
er Urner to the eldership. He was a successful elder, 
and the Coventry church was never rent by schisms , nor 
seriously interfered with by the Ephrata movement not _.. 
far away. This shows the great wisdom and foresight 
of Elder Urner. The Coventry church prospered from 
the beginning j and was soon a much larger congregation 
than the mother congregation in Germantown. Elder 
Urner was assisted in his ministry by Casper Ingles 
of whom little is known. He baptized, in 1735 George 
Adam Martin who was previously a Reformed and a member 
of the congregation over which presided the celebrated 
Peter Miller, afterwards the leading spirit of the 
Ephrata community. 

In 1737 y Martin Urner went to the Great Swamp to 
baptize several persons. On this journey he was ac- 
companied by George Adam Martin who was then, from all 
accounts, a minister of the church. At this baptism, 
as was customary from the first baptism at Schwarzenau, 
Elder Urner read to the candidates Luke 14:25*33. 
This Scripture seemed to Brother Martin unsuited to 
the occasion. He cried out against it. Elder Urner 
said, "What shall we do then? for something must be 
read to these people." Brother Martin answered, "The 
18th chapter of Matthew about exhortation and punish- 
ment, might be read." Elder Urner accepted this sug- 
gestion and was the first to use this now universally 
used Scripture on such occasions. 

In 1742 Elder Urner was asked to join in the famous 
Zinzendorf Synods. 'He sent Brother Martin as delegate 
from the Coventry church. The sequel of this is por- 
trayed at length in "the subsequent chapter on Annual 
Meeting. Elder Urner was really the official "father" 
of the Annual Meeting and no doubt presided over the 
one in 1742. It is my opinion that this first Annual 
Meeting was held In his house. 

His actions on these two important occasions have 
been universally approved and followed by the Brother- 
hood ever since. He is thus intimately identified with 
the practice of the. church, and next to Mack, the most 
significant elder Incur early history. 


He was married to Catherine ReLst. Their children 
were Mary, wife of Andrew Wolff; iiartin, who married 
Elizabeth Edis or Addis; Jacob, Wio married Barbara 
Light; Catherine, who never married, and John who also 
never married. 

His wife Catherine died in April, 1752, and he was 

subsequently married to Barbara , who survived 

him, dying May 8, 1796, aged eighty- four years. To 
this union there were no children. 

Elder Urner died March 29., 1755 > and Is buried in 
the Coventry Brethren Graveyard. 

From A History of the Brethren pp. 273~2 r7 9 
By Martin Grove Brumbaugh 

100 YEARS A^O 

(At the suggestion of Brother John Schonwald, we are 
adding a new feature to our Historical section. The 
Lord, willing, we hope to print some articles -from 100 
years ago as they appeared in The Vindicator at that 
time. This first is regarding the compiling of our 
present hymn book. The writer is eTidently Samuel 
Kinsey who was at that time editor of The Vindicator 
and also on the hymn book committee. — L.C.) 


There seems to be a demand amongst us at this time 
for hymn books, and a query with regard to this matter 
came up at our late conference. At first a general 
desire was expressed to hav^ the old or small book re- 
printed, but after all things were explained and duly 
considered it was unanimously agreed to make a new col- 
lection of from 500 to 600 hymns for the use of the 
church. A committee was at once appointed for the work, 
who shall proceed as soon as convenient. Now, as we 
are one of this committee^ we feel tc give the liberty 
to any brother or sister who may have a suitable hymn 
to send it in for consideration. Send only such as are 
of special merit, and not too long. 

Selected by John Schonwald Jure, 1882 Vindicator 


"Lessons From Nature 11 Series 

From the high tops cf a maple tree, the rich music 
of the brilliant orange and black oriole pours forth. 
The song is similar to a robin* s, but has a clearer, 
bell-like quality. And while the male sings out the 
boundaries of his summer estate, his charming wife, in 
more sober colors, is busy showing her skill as a 
seamstress, Nearly hidden by the leaves in a nearby 
treetop, she darts her bill in and out, back, forth, 
and around, as she weaves a nest that will be a 
masterpiece to behold. Not a crude basket of sticks 
like the dove*s, or a collection of stones like the 
killdeer's, but a shining silver pouch — it takes shape 
slowly and perfectly. Milkweed fibers, hair, yarn, and 
grapevine bark may all be used as the mother oriole 
works for about a week on her new home. 

And then, what a nice safe home for baby orioles! 
It may be sixty feet above the ground; it may be se- 
cured to very thin branches near the. outer edge of the 
tree; it will sway in every breeze, rocking, bouncing 
and rolling during summer thunderstorms — but the . birds 
i^nside will be perfectly safe. For God has made the 
mother oriole to build her nest in the shape of a 
hanging -sack with high, soft sides. And when the 
mother herself sits down on the eggs, or covers the 
nestlings, they are safe from sun, rain^ and enemies. 

The children of God are just as safe; yes, even 
safer. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the 
most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, 
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his 
wings shalt thou trust." (PsaLn 91:1,4) 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


If we knew the cares and trials , 
Knew the efforts all in vain, 

. And the bitter disappointments, 
Understood the loss and gain — 

Would the grim, external roughness 
Seem, I wonder, just the same? 

Ah I We judge each other harshly, 

Knowing not life's hidden force; 
Knowing not the fount of action 

Is less turbid at its source; 
Seeing not, amid the evil, 

All the golden grains of good — 
Oh, we'd love each other better 

If we only understood. 

Selected by Martha Cable 

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The true Christian thrives on adversity. This is 
not to say he enjoys it. Haw can anything enjoyable 
be called adversity? Adversity is like a bitter pill 
that fights infection. Or it might be compared to a 
diet of coarser food that is better for us than rich, 
sweet desserts. A cow would rather eat rich grains 
nr lush clover j but it really needs roughage to keep 
its digestive system working and to remain healthy. 
Likewise we need adversity in some form to gain spirit- 
ual strength and experience. 

Paul writes (Romans 5:3-5)> "...we glory in tribula- 
tions also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 
And patience 5 experience; and experience , hope: And 
hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is 
shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is 
given unto us." 

As you observe the pebbles that are sorted out from 
the sand and tossed together on the beach by the beat 
and flow of the waves and tides on the seashore, you 
pee that some are nearly shiny and some quite dull . 
What makes this difference? The environment is the 
same. The time element and the amount of friction would 
be similar. No, the difference is not external but 
inside. The shiny stones are hard and take a beautiful 
polish from the experience of rubbing against the other 
stones. The soft stones never become polished by this 
experience but remain dull and covered with scars and 
scratches. The hardness or density is not right to 
take a polish. 

Just so, the Christian life becomes more beautiful 
and perfected in adversity. Adversity brings out the 
best in a Christian, or more truly, God brings out 
this best in a Christian surrounded by adversity. We 
are thrown together with other people as the stones 

(Continued on page 14.) 

_3gfi,. PI Ifi R IM 


"But let a man examine himself. . . " (I Cor. 11:28) 
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith 
..." (II Cor. 13:5) 

Because of these two scriptures, I've been im- 
pressed with the spirit of the last three paragraphs 
of "Preface To Second Part" on pages 361 and 362 of 
the 1975 edition of Martyrs Mrror and will here give 
them for your consideration and for the glory of God, 
Any underlining is because of italics. — F.M. 

In former times, in the times of the cross, when 
men could assemble only under peril of their lives, 
our zeal drove us in the night and at unseasonable 
times, into nooks and corners, and into fields and 
woods. How precious was then one hour which could be 
employed in stirring up and establishing one another 
in godliness. How the souls then thirsted and hun- 
gered after divine food. How pleasantly then tasted 
the words of godliness. Men .did not ask for ingenious 
or flowery sermons; but hunger devoured all that was 
presented. Then soul treasure was diligently sought, 
since bodily possessions could give but little comfort. 
Then heavenly riches were sought for above all things; 
for earthly possessions were altogether insecure. But 
how is it now? Temporal avocations have the preference 
throughout; the oxen must first be proved, and the 
field be inspected, before one can come to the heaven- 
ly marriage. (Luke U: 18,1 9) Simplicity is changed in- 
to pomp and ostentation. Possessions have increased, 
but in the soul there is leanness. Clothes have be- 
come costly; but the inward ornament has perished. 
Love has waxed cold, and has diminished, but conten- 
tions have increased. Do you suppose that God will 
always behold this with the same longs uffe ring? Think 
ye, that He will never once use His uplifted rod? He 
that did not spare Israel, when they departed from Him; 
He that did not pass David by, when he sinned through 
fleshly lust; He who did not spare Solomon, when he 
turned his eyes to strange women, and fell into 


idolatry with them, shall He spare those who, through 
love of the world and the practice of sin, have so 
greatly departed from Him? He often delivered Israel 
from one tyrant to another, that they might learn to 
know Him, and reform. He chastised them as a father, 
that they might not serve Him with a divided heart, 
as In the time of Elijah, but that they might serve 
Him alone. (I Kings 18:21)* He delivered Amasiah, the 
King of Judah, into the bands of his enemies, because 
he did not serve God with a perfect heart. (II Chron„ 
25:2) How, examine your heart; whether it is not 
divided; whether you do not seek to serve Christ and 
the world at the same time; how feebly you hear and 
consider the Word of God/ since your thoughts are en- 
tangled In earthly vanities; how seldom and how sloth- 
fully the works of godliness are practiced; and how 
busy and zealous you are throughout in amassing money 
and property, and in feasting yourself on pleasure* 
It is true, you have cast away the dumb, wooden Idols, 
but examine now, whether the idol of riches and ava- 
rice is not set up in your heart, (Eph. 5:5; I Tim. 
6:10) plow through the inmost depths of your heart, 
and see whither most of your inclinations and desires 
tend; whether, easily satisfied here, they penetrate 
the clouds, and have their conversation in heaven, or, 
whether digging with insatiable desire into the earth, 
you seek to increase your riches and to add house to 
house, and farm to farm; whether Christ in heaven is 
your supreme treasure, or whether your treasure is 
here, against which Christ so earnestly warns His 
disciples, (Matthew -6; 19) If you would make a test 
of this, study attentively your intentions and 
thoughts-- in every occurrence; consider once, how 
great a love you have for riches-; how much confidence 
you place in them; how greatly troubled you are with 
a heathenish solicitude for the future; how anxious 
and despondent you are when bad times and misfortunes 
threaten; and how securely you live when sailing be- 
fore the wind; how reluctant and miserable your love 
for your possessions renders you in the giving of 
alms; how great contention and many lawsuits' you 


would rather engage in, than give up your right , and 
suffer damage; how soon joy and sleep forsake you, 
when losses and misfortunes befall you; how much time 
earthly contemplations detract from your proper devo- 
tions; how feeble and spiritless they render your 
prayers; how deep the abundance of your treasures 
sinks you into sensuality; how much you are pleased 
with yourself on this account, and exalt yourself a- 
bove others; finally, how painfully you part from them, 
and how sadly you will bid them adieu on your deathbed. 
Let this serve as a test, I say, and examine yourself, 
and you will discover at the same time, what you love 
and serve most, and how much or little you have "cru- 
cified the flesh with the lusts thereof." (Gal. 5:2£) 
For, though outward persecutions new and then cease, 
yet every Christian is called to sufferings and con- 
flicts; each must. take up his cross and follow Christ; 
each must live, not after the flesh, but after the 
Spirit; each must suffer in the flesh, that he may 
cease from sin. (Matthew 10:38; Romans 8:1 j 1 Peter 
4:1 ) If you then find, that the time of freedom (from 
persecution) has given liberty and room to your lusts, 
persecute yourself, crucify and put yourself to death, 
and offer up soul and body to God. 

In times of persecution, words and colloquies con- 
sisted in edifying instructions, and awakenings to 
godliness, magnifying of the name of God, mutual con- 
solations in suffering, exhortations and incitations 
to constancy, and recommendations of eternal salvation. 
Examine once, whether at this time you have not lent 
your tongue to please frivolous, worldly men with vain 
and useless talk; whether thereby you did not only not 
promote godliness, but were also a hindrance and in- 
jury to it; whether you did not defame your neighbor 1 s 
good name and reputation; and whether your tongue has 
not by lying and deceit ministered to avarice. In 
times of the cross, the time was aspent in godly exer- 
cises, in consoling and efifying one another, in vis- 
iting those in prison, and in preparing for suffering 
by devout meditations. Consider once, on what you 
have bestowed the precious time; how much of it has 

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been squandered in voluptuousness and vanity; how 
much has been wasted in disputes and quarrels; how 
much has been lost by needless anxiety and labor; and 
how little has remained for devotion. No doubt, you 
will find, that the absence of the chastening rod has 
rendered men impious and without reverence f and that 
"the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the 
pride of life" have usurped the place of piety and 
humility- But the most dangerous of ail is, that but 
few examine themselves; but few sigh over themselves . 
Without knowing it, many are poor, naked and blind, 
who with those of Laodicea think that they are rich 
and have everything in abundance (Rev. 3:17); but it 
is a wealth., with which God is not pleased, and by 
which the spiritual riches, which consist in faith 
and love, in a living hope and a good conscience, are 
diminished* See in the writings of the martyrs, how 
their life was, : how their suffering, how their con- 
stancy. It was the will of God, that the children of 
Israel should remember the ways of their fathers, and 
the instruction of wisdom concealed therein; for they 
are all, ancestry and posterity, taken as one body. 
(Deut. 8:2) Frequently it is said through the proph- 
ets: I have brought thee out of the land of Egypt; 
though this had been done to their forefathers. (Micah 
6:4; Psalm 81:10; Rosea 11:1) Examine your ways, and 
compare them with theirs, and see whether the love of 
the world has not blinded your eyes, and led them away 
from God. Many, when they could not use the world,. 
turned of necessity to God, as their nearest refuge; 
but as soon as a little breathing time set in, they 
again began to lean towards the world; the parents 
became rich, the children luxurious and wanton; the 
world caressed them,- and in course of time they be- 
came respected and lifted up; the. reproach of the 
cross was relinquished, and the honor of this x-^orld 
stepped into its place. And this, in the first church 
was the reason why God permitted a most awful perse- 
cution to come in the time of Emperor Diocletian, that 
His children might be chastised thereby, who already 
began to join in with the common world. (Eus., lib. 8, 


cap . 1 ) Hence , we must see well to it, that we do not 
incur like guilt, lest there come upon us what came 
upon them; for no one fares worse in such times, than 
he who has not made good use of his time; such an one 
will then be visited with woe, distress and misery; 
but to them that love God, all things work together 
for good; they are purified and tried by the refining 
fire; hence it is necessary that God at times purge 
His threshingfloor with His fan, that the tares may 
not get the upperhand, to its own destruction. But we 
only have to ask His divine goodness, to chastise us 
as a father, and draw us by His love, moving our 
hearts and minds to Himward, in order that we may lead 
a godly and holy life, in all love, peaceableness, 
kindness, and long-suffering; not easily complaining 
of or grudging against one another, but bearing in 
patience one another's infirmities, and bettering each 
other by good instructions; fleeing and avoiding all 
offenses, contention and dissension, separations, and 
schisms, which cause insufferable and damnable discord; 
striving for peace; and seeking to heal, and restore 
to unity, quiet and peace, that which is broken and 
ruined, rent and torn asunder by the subtlety of the 
devil, and blind ignorance, and scattered into various 
factions, to the great offense and stumbling-block of 
many. If we do this, we shall cause the blessing and 
presence of God to be with us. (Col. 3:12; I Pet, 4:8; 
James 5:9) 

In the meantime, let us constantly adhere to God, 
always pray for an increase of wisdom and divine know- 
ledge, and run with patience the race that is set be- 
fore us, looking unto. Jesus, the author and finisher 
of our faith (Heb.- 12:1,2); for we have the same con- 
flict which David had in his time, and Job, and all 
the prophets, and Christ and His apostles, together 
with all the pious followers in the first church, as 
also before and in our time. They all had to overcome 
the world; so do we; they all had to deny themselves; 
so do we; one crown is to be gained, and the same king- 
dom is to be inherited. (Hebrews 12:28) The times al- 
so, are just the same; but the different life makes 


them different; however, all Inequality must ultimate- 
ly merge in the equality of God. In order to make 
His followers partakers of this equality and unity, 
Ghrist prayed that they might be one with Him and the 
Father. (John 17:20) This was also the sole aim of 
the apostles; to this, as the eternal, supreme treas- 
ure, they exhorted every one: u For in Ghrist Jesus 
neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircum- 
cision, but a new creature. And as many as walk ac- 
cording to this rule, peace be on them, and upon the 
Israel of God. Amen." (Galatians 6:15,16) 
Written out of love , to edification and amendment . 

Selected out of love, to edification and amendment. 

Fred Miller 
Sonora, Galif . 


As the beatitudes come to us, they begin with 
Jesus confronting the problem which lies beneath all 
other problems. He bases His new commonwealth, not 
upon the fact of possession; He dethrones the passion 
of selfishness. He rests the palace of the future on 
the fact of poverty; and He enthrones the passion of 
self-sacrifice. The "King of Kings " Jesus was to be- 
come—not the King of slaves — by His poverty of spirit 
and self-abandonment; and therefore His law was ut- 
tered in the words* "Blessed are the poor in spirits 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." 

Jesus had seized the opportunity to discrown a 
self-satisfied Interest, and in the presence of, and 
for the sake of, the disciples whom He had chosen to 
be the leaders of the race manward and Godward, He 
uttered the beatitude concerning the poor in spirit. 

He saw mourners about Him. This one had lost a 
mother, and that one had lost the dream of life; this 
one was drawn with pain, and that one was lashed with 
unutterable anguish within, host of all, He saw and 
understood those whose tears were tears of repentance 



and sorrow, on account of the sin that now appeared 
most dark and dire in the pure light of His presence. 
He did not tell the throng not to mourn, for it was 
not His purpose to create a tearless world. In the 

/ highest moment of civilization God would wipe all 
tears away, but tears there must be. He only said; 
"They that mourn shall be comforted." (jviatthew 5:4) 
God's elect must yet be baptized with fire; the choice 
souls of earth must still be bent, not killed, by bur- 
den bearing^ the divine discontent that throbs with' 
pathetic pain must swell until true hearts nearly 
break — but the mourners will all be comforted. Sorrow 
must continue walking through the fields of time and 
watering the seeds of destiny with divine tears. He 
Himself, the most blessed of all men, must be the most 
sorrowful, but even He "shall be comforted." 

He knew that some of these disciples, who had just 
been made apostles, were already full of plans indica- 
ting large ambitions. For ages, the thought of the 
coming Messiah had made the Jew proud. That pride had 
been crystallized by oppression, in untamed and un- 
tamable grandeur associated itself with all Hebrew an- 
ticipation) and as Jesus perceived that they who now 
heard and saw Him were picturing to themselves the 
glories of Messiah's reign, and probably thinking with 
what triumph each individual Jew and the whole nation 
would step soon to a worldwide victory, He pronounced 
the beatitude upon the meek. 

When He said: "Blessed are the meek," (Matt. 5:5) 
He did not for a moment have reference to the useless 
and unaspiring folk whose pulpy weakness is ever a 
burden to the strong and the true. None knew so well 
as Jesus that meekness is a rare blossom which crowns 

jf a plant growing up -out of the vigorous seed of moral 
and mental power. A weak man can never be meek. He 
had said: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs 
is the kingdom of heaven." He now said: "Blessed are 
the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Poverty 
of spirit, the soul emptied of all trifling satisfac- 
tions, spirituality that is so far from ignoble pover- 
ty of nature that it becomes the treasure-house of 



God's richest purposes — these make the man of earth 
already a man of heaven. He, therefore, had said of 
the poor in spirit; "Theirs is the kingdom of heaven," 
He had, long before, spoken of Himself as the Son of 
Man "which is, in heaven. 1 ' The true universe is in 
the present tense. 

When He now speaks of the meek, and the fact that, 
according to the very nature of things, and therefore 
inevitably, "they shall inherit the earth," (v. 5) He 
knew that the earth is for God's child, man, and that 
because man is God's son, it must come to him when man 
shall realize his sonship unto God* To inherit the 
earth is an achievement possible only to one in whom 
God's Fatherhood is practically revealed in trustful 
childhood- Here, in Himself, was the example of meek- 
ness—the meekness which comes of power, and comes of 
the power lying in the calm and rich experience of 
sonship. Jesus had been ill-treated, yet He answered 
not in anger. His silence concerning His enemies had 
already taught His disciple-band a lesson as to the 
divine willingness to wait until truth publicly puts 
on her coronation robes. More sure than ever of His 
personal greatness, He was gently brothering the lit- 
tleness and weakness of men. With prerogatives im- 
measureably greater than those of Moses, who had been 
held to be the type of meekness, the new law-giver sat 
upon this lowly untroubled plateau, contrasting strong- 
ly with the externally grander Sinai, and calmly put 
aside all personalness, as He went on lifting His 
brother- man into His own conception of and relation- 
ship to God. The rulers of the world at that moment 
were seeking to "inherit the earth" j and His own na- 
tion was looking most eagerly upon the whole planet 
as its own by right.. His was a diviner plan. This 
beatitude hushed a thousand war-cries, and sheathed a 
thousand swords, by its assertion of the fact that 
the earth does not belong to battalions but to ideas, 
and that this planet is not the inheritance provided 
unto the organizers of force, but to those vfoo, con- 
trolled by God, are able and willing to control them- 
selves. (To be continued) —By Frank Gunsaulus 

Selected by Kenneth Martin 



Martin Urner T s successor in the eldership of the 
Goventry church was his own nephew, Martin Urner, son 
of Jacob Urner. tie was born Sept. 4, 1725* and was 
married to Barbara Svitzer by Elder Ghristoph Sower, 
July 15, 1751- He was a man of considerable wealth 
and a preacher of great wisdom and power. His ordina- 
tion to the office of elder occurred in 1756. For for- 
ty-three years he directed this congregation with re- 
markable success . 

Under his ministry the first house of worship for 
this congregation was erected in 1772. This was the 
second house of worship built by the Brethren in Amer- 
ica. Prior to this the congregation met for divine 
services in the houses of five different members in a 
kind of rotation, although it is probable that' the 
meetings were held most frequently at "Belwood farm", 
the home of Elder Urner ana ctlsc of his uncle, the 
first Martin Urner. 

This Martin Urner was a noted revivalist. In a let- 
ter from the Antietam country in 1772, from Nicholas 
Martin to Alexander Mack, reference is made to Elder 
Urner* s revival work In the southern part of the Cum- 
berland Valley. Brother Martin says, "since the dear 
Brother Urner has been with us we dare not deny that 
the grace of God has been given us in a large measure, 
the number of disciples is increased many fold, while 
also some of them seem to be fervently awakened souls, 
and it almost seems as if the last would be first." 

Between Martin Urner and Alexander Mack the Chris- 
tian tie was strong* They loved each other devotedly. 
From Elder Mack, Mar/tin Urner purchased his stockings 
and such other woolen garments as Elder Mack manufac- 
tured. In return for this, Elder Urner supplied 
Alexander Mack with grain, butter and flour. 

. On October 31, 1.771, he writes to Elder Mack and 
sends him twenty bushejs of corn and fifteen bushels of 
wheat, ground, the corn at four shillings per bushel 
and the wheat at five shillings. The amount was to be 

1ST THE PILGRIM __ . _____ 

credited on the account for stockings and dyed cloth. 
He expresses regret that he cannot visit in German- 
town, arranges for a meeting with Elder hack at 
Rudolph Karley's on November 10, 1771, and closes with 
a touching tribute of Christian love. 

Elder Urner accompanied Elder Christopher Sower on 
a memorable tour of the congregations in Eastern Penn- 
sylvania in 1780, reference to which is made under the 
sketch of ELder Sower. 

David Urner, of Springfield, Ohio, is responsible 
for the following anecdote: 

|; I never saw my grandfather, Martin Urner, as he 
died a few years before I was born. I learned, how- 
ever, from an old friend, that he was esteemed by his 
brethren in the church and ministry as a preacher of 
more than ordinary ability; so much so, that at their 
Yearly Meetings he was always one of the number that 
were called upon to preach, My friend said that on 
one occasion when the Yearly Meeting v/as held in Phil- 
adelphia, as the preachers from the country were jog- 
ging along on horseback, going to that meeting, one 
of the preachers said to my grandfather, 'As you will 
no doubt be called upon to preach at this meeting, I 
want you to preach particularly against the wearing 
of fine clothes, as the brethren and sisters of Phil- 
adelphia are becoming entirely too fashionable in 
their dress.' And although he urged the matter length- 
ily, he thought my grandfather did not give all heed 
to what he said, and asked, 'Did you hear what I said?* 
The answer was, 'Yes* 1 The next question was, 'Will 
you do it?' My grandfather replied, 'If I am called 
on to preach, I hope I shall have something of more 
importance than to talk to people about the rags with 
which they cover themselves.'" 

April 8, 1781, Elder Urner baptized David and Es- 
ther, son and daughter of Elder Christopher Sower; and 
one of Elder Sower's last services to the church was 
go baptize Martin Urner, son of Elder Martin Urner, 
and his wife Barbara. 

The friendship between Elder Sower and Elder Urner 
was intimate. This, together with the be fore -no ted 


tie of love between Elder Urner and Elder Mack warrants 
the assumption that the two congregations, Coventry and 
Germantown, were most harmonious and helpfully cooper- 
ative. When Elder Sower died in 178,4, Elder Martin 
Urner preached the funeral sermon, assisted by Samuel 
Hopkins . 

Martin Urner' s wife died April 23 $ 1794, and on May 
18, 1799, he was laid to rest in the Coventry Brethren 
graveyard. . . * 

From A Y^ gtnTv y ££ the Brethr en, pp . 279-288 
By Martin Grove Brumbaugh 


(This article appeared in the October," 1882, 
Vindicator . The writer was not' named.) 


Salvation is full of grace." Yet these things are 
required: "Let him that nameth the name of Christ de- 
part from all iniquity!" "Whosoever would be my disci- 
ple let him take up his cross, deny himself daily, and 
follow me." "Ye can not 5 " said our Lord, "serve God 
and mammon." Shrink not from the pain these sacrifices 
must cost. It is not so great as many fancy. The joy 
of the Lord is his people's strength. Love has so 
swallowed up all sense of pain, and sorrow has been so 
lost in ravishment, that men took joyfully the spoiling 
of their goods, and martyrs went to the burning- stake 
with beaming countenances, and sang their death song 
amid the roaring flames. Let us by faith rise above 
the world, and it will shrink into littleness and in- 
significance compared with Christ. Some while ago two 
aeronauts, hanging in mid-air, looked down to the earth 
from their balloon, and wondered to see how small great 
thongs had grown. Ample fields were contracted into 
small patches; the lake was no larger than a looking- 
glass; the broad river with ships floating on its bosom 
seemed like a silver thread, the wide-spread city was 
reduced to the dimensions of a village; the long, rap- 
id, flying train appeared but a black caterpillar 


slowly creeping over the surface of the ground. And 
such changes the world undergoes to the eyes of him 
who rises to hold communion with God, and anticipating 
the joy of heaven, lives above it and looks beyond it. 
This makes it easy, and even joyful, to part with all 
for Christ — "This is the victory that overcometh the 
world, even cur faith. 11 

— Selected by John Schonwald 

(Continued from page 2) 

are sorted and piled by the waves of the sea. There 
we are tossed about by the same waves that batter the 
people of the world. The difference is in the composi- 
tion* Adversity to the worldling brings the dullness 
of bitterness and monotony. To the Christian comes 
the polish of humility and sweetness, submission and 

What do we mean when we speak of adversity in the 
Christian life? Adverse means "acting against; antag- 
onistic; hostile; calamitous; afflictive." We quite 
often think of sickness or affliction as adversity. 
Other forms would be temptation, conflict, poverty, 
and persecution. The adversary is the author of adver- 
sity, but he is limited to what God allows as we see 
in the case of Job in his loss and affliction. God 
has infinite skill in turning adversity and using it 
as "blessing in disguise" for His people again as in 
the case of Job. Job said (23:10), "But he knoweth 
the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall 
come forth as gold." 

Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all 
things work together for good to them that love God, 
to them who are the called according to his purpose." 
This promise is not to all men but to all them that 
love God or are the called. Surely "all things" in 
this Scripture include adversity. In fact, the context 
indicates that this is the primary meaning. Paul men- 
tions "sufferings" in verse 18, "subject to vanity" in 
verse 20, "bondage of corruption" in verse 21, "groan- 
eth and travaileth in pain' 1 in verse 22, and "our 


infirmities" in verse 26. 

It is not always easy to "glory in tribulation" as pul 
Paul writes. When we are afflicted or in trouble we 
tend to pity ourselves and be sad and irritable. We 
can rejoice and glory only when we can see the results 
that God has In mind when He allows the adversary to 
afflict us or when He chastens us that we might "be 
partakers of his holimess." When we comprehend the 
shine and polish of Christian submission and sweetness- • 
that can come only with the friction of "adversity, 
we can say "Thy will be done;" "Though he slay^me, yet 
will I trust in him." — L.C. 


We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old 
Brethren have appointed Oct. 16 and 17, the Lord will- 
ing, for our Fall Love feast Communion to be held at 
our meeting house near Bradford, Ohio. We. extend a 
hearty invitation to all our members and friends, to 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Love feast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on November 6 and 7. We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and .. 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God J richly . 
bless this coming meeting and all who attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 

BIRTHS * ; :,- 

BOONE - A son, Stephen Charles, born August 3 to 
Stephen and Neva Boone of New Lebanon, Ohio. 

BDYF.R - A daughter, Dorcas Eileen, born August 8 to 
Thomas and Rebecca Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



Did you ever see a lamp with wings? Some children 
see thousands of them every summer. If you live in 
one of the right places, you too can enjoy fireflies, 
night after night, for months. As darkness falls, you 
will enjoy watching them flash their lights on, then 
off — off for a few seconds, then back on for just a 
part of a second. And while their glowing lanterns 
are flashing, they carry them high up into the sky, as 
high as a housetop, or down closer to the ground* Can 
you catch one? Hold it carefully. Watch it light up 
your hand with its bright yellow light. How can an 
insect which is less than an inch long have a light 
that can be easily seen more than a hundred feet away? 

God made them so. Once, on the first day of the 
Creation, God said "Let there be light." And He knew 
that tie would make fireflies and many other strange 
creatures with glowing lights. He knew also that He 
would make men, and women, and children, to love Him 
and obey Him, letting their lights shine for Him. The 
world needs light today more than ever before. 

I'll let my light shine bright for Jesus, 
I'll let my light shine bright for Him; 
If I obey and serve Him always, 
My little light will not grow dim. 

I ? I1 let my light shine brighter daily 
In this old world so dark with sinj 
He makes my light as bright as sunshine — 
I'll let my light shine bright for Him. 
— Stanley K. Brubaker 


19201 Cherokee Bd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 


VOL. 29 SEPTEMBER, 1962 NO. 9 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


I am coming to the cross; 
I am poor, and weak, and blind; 
I am counting all but dross; 
I shall full salvation find. 

Long my heart has sighed for Thee; 
Long has evil dwelt within; 
Jesus sweetly speaks to me, 
,r I will cleanse you from all sin." 

Here I give my all to Thee, 
Friends, and time, and earthly store; 
Soul and body Thine to be — 
Wholly Thine, forevermore. 

In the promises I trust; 
Now I feel the blood applied; 
I am prostrate in the dust: 
I with Christ am crucified. 

Jesus comes 1 He fills my soul I 
Perfected in love I am; 
I am every whit made whole; 
Glory, glory to the Lamb. 

I am trusting, Lord, in Thee, 
Dear Lamb of Calvary; 
Humbly at Thy cross I bow; 
Save me, Jesus, save me now. 

By William McDonald 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


n All scripture Is given by inspiration of God, and 
is profitable for doctrine , for reproof, for correc- 
tion, for instruction its righteousness; . That the man 
of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all 
good works." (II Timothy 3:16-17) 

These inspired words from the Apostle Paul are just 
as valid for us today as they were when written to 
Tiiuothy. Paul had been warning Timothy of perilous 
and unrighteous influences which were coming to try 
the church. Paul r s emphasis here is that the Scrip- 
ture, the Bible in our time, is the guide, inspiration, 
and authority to direct the man of God regardless of 
what may arise. 

We are fortunate to belong to a fellowship which 
has taken the Bible as its guide for faith and prac- 
tice. As long as we steadfastly retain this doctrine, 
the Lord through the Holy Spirit can work in us to the 
furtherance of his purpose. The Bible tells us that 
our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. The 
Word of God and the Holy Spirit always agree and work 
in perfect harmony through the believer. Only when 
the Holy Spirit is hindered by cause of humanistic 
tendencies toward misunderstandings due to carnal and 
self-centered reasoning do discouragements and fail- 
ures in life occur. 

If I take an operator's manual for a piece of equip- 
ment and meticulously follow the instructions for its 
operation and neglect to follow the maintenance in- 
struction, I am certain to experience problems. In a 
sense the Bible is the same. If we exert all our ef- 
forts toward spiritual purity and sanctification and 
neglect the lesser but necessary obligations of life, 
we will most assuredly get ourselves into a bind. 
Taken as a whole, the Scriptures will direct us in 
leading a consistent life which will reflect the 
guidance of the Holy Spirit. 


Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount gives some most 
important and easy to understand rules and principles. 
The lord knew that His disciples were overly concerned 
about earthly things. Jesus told how the Heavenly 
Father cared for the fowls of the air and beautiful 
flowers. Surely man Is of greater worth than birds 
and flowers, so if He cares for *;he birds and flowers 
surely He will care for His people. Jesus tells His 
disciples: "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, and 
all these things shall be added unto you, 11 If we keep 
our priorities straight and place God first in our 
lives, the lord can use and bless us both spiritually 
and materially, another lesson which is so easy to 
receive is given in Matthew chapter 25 concerning the 
talents. What the Lord places into our care we are 
obligated to make use of. This can apply to both 
spiritual and materialistic matters. All things be- 
long to the Lord. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh 
away. We have no right to refuse what the Lord en- 
trusts into our care. If we refuse to accept or bury 
our talent we are doing an affront to God. 

I have only mentioned a couple of easy to under- 
stand directives from the Word of God. We must study 
the Word, for only if we are familiar with all life T s 
instructions can we be prepared for any circumstance 
which may arise. It is true that the Scriptures place 
the greater emphasis on our spiritual life, but it 
does not neglect to admonish against being slothful in 
cur mundane endeavors. Cur spiritual relationship to 
God must take priority in our lives to where material- 
istic matters can fade to insignificance, but this 
does net excuse us in neglecting our earthly obliga- 
tions. It does prepare us to face whatever the Lord 
allows Satan to tempt us with. The account of the 
patriarch Job is an excellent example of the attitude 
that the Christian must have. 

My admonition and prayer is that we will accept the 
Bible for what it says* Let us use caution in accept- 
ing man's interpretations of the Word for the Holy 
Spirit should be our interpreter. Life can be faced 
with a positive confidence if we continue to take the 


Bible as our only guide for faith and practice. 

— Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto j California 


"A man ought to be paid for honest labor or for 
service rendered!" Thus the carnal man reasons, and 
it is reasonable, Isn't it? Gain, Esau, the Pharisees, 
modern unconverted man all have this in common — the 
demand on God for reward. We know that God is fair 
and righteous. There will be payment* But. on whose 
terms? It is one thing to reward honest labor and 
still another to give a worker a share in the farm. 
And would a farmer pay a worker who came and did a job 
in his own way without considering the wishes of the 
owner? Perhaps the worker did not even respect or 
like the owner but, to take advantage of his wealth, 
sent him a bill for service not even ordered. 

In Jesus 1 Sermon on the hount He told about the 
hypocrites and the way they gave alms, prayed, and 
fasted, expecting to serve God with their deeds when 
their hearts were not in it. Jesus said, "They have 
their reward. 11 But He pointed out the better way — the 
way God orders — and that is a secret service, a heart 
service. God has something more than wages for those 
who come to Him in His way and serve Him from their 

The issue here is law or Gospel — dead works or 
faith — servants or sons. In Galatians, Paul writes of 
justification by faith without the deeds of the law. 
He makes strong statements and draws vivid pictures. 
His motive is to counter by the Holy Spirit the teach- 
ing that law could be the means to justify man in 
God's sight. He calls this "another gospel" and pro- 
nounces, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, 
preach any other gospel unto you than that which we 
have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (1:8) 
He also assumes them (1:11,12), "But I certify you, 
brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is 
not after man.. For I neither received it of man, 


neither was I taught It, but by the revelation of 
Jesus Christ. " 

One of Paul's strong statements Is taken from 
Habakkuk 2:4, '*• • • but the just shall live by 
his faith." Another is, ". . - for by the works of 
the law shall no flesh be justified." ( Gala ti airs 2:16) 
We have very little influence among us by Jewish teach- 
ers of the law as the Galatian church no doubt had. 
But the problem presented here is as old as man and as 
current"' as today. We see it in the record of the of- 
ferings brought to God by the first two sons of Adam. 
Abel offered a bleeding lamb and Hebrews 11 :4 tells us 
he did It by faith. "And the Lord had respect unto 
Abel and to his offering." Cain brought an offering 
of the fruit of the ground, and, though he had labored 
to produce it, and though it probably represented his 
best efforts, God did not accept it. It Is obvious by 
Cain's wrath that he thought God should have accepted 
it — that God owed him this acceptance. God chose the 
slain lamb which was a type of His giving of His Son 
as the Lamb of God centuries later. Cain could have 
learned from the offering of his brother, but his 
heart was not right. God did not respect his offering 
nor did He respect Cain himself. 

Cnce again, the issues are the same today even 
though we are not being taught by those upholding Jew- 
ish law. And it is still true that "The just shall 
live by faith. " 

In Galatians 4 Paul draws a vivid picture of sons 
and servants. He v/rites, "But when the fulness of the 
time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, 
made under the law, To redeem them that were under the 
law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And 
because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of 
his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father . Where- 
fore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and If a 
son, then an heir of God through Christ." 

We understand that in the culture of Paul's time, 
there were slaves and hired servants, but neither one 
had anything near to the status of a son. It is so 
today. A servant or an employee is not a son. A 


slave serves because he must, and an employee serves 
because he is paid. But a son is heir to the estate. 
Paul writes in the first part of Galatians 4- that even 
the son is treated like a servant when he is a child. 
He is taught and regulated and is under rules and' or- 
ders "until the time appointed of the father. " Then 
he comes into his right as a son and is co-owner with 
the father — heir to all the father owns. He doesn't 
serve for pay or because he must. As heir, he has a 
personal interest in the father's estate. He may of- 
ten work harder than the servant — perhaps far into the 
night if the occasion demands it. He does this with 
no special reward except that he is now the heir to 
his father, and it is in the interest of the estate 
that he labors and sacrifices. 

The carnal man sees the relationship of God to man 
as a master-servant arrangement. Man works and obeys 
as a servant would, and God owes him some sort of pay 
or rex^ard. We see the carnal man express this in good 
deeds — charity organizations, community service, drives 
for civil rights — bringing the works of their hands 
and, like Gain, expecting God to accept it even though 
it is not the sacrifice that He has chosen. 

There are at least two things wrong with this sac- 
rifice of the works of our hands. One is that God 
will not accept it for justification, and the other is 
that without the Holy Spirit our works aren't that 
good. When we expect to get God's favor by works of 
law, we ignore the need of a Saviour who gave Himself 
for us. August Toplady's second verse of "Rock of 
A&es u says: 

Not the labor of my hands 
Can fulfill the law's demands; 
Could my zeal no respite know, 
Gould my tears forever flow, 
All for sin could not atone, 
Thou must save and Thou alone. 

Samuel told Saul ". . . Hath the lord as great de- 
light in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying 
the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than 


sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." (I 
Samuel 15:22) Saul had saved cattle to offer in sac- 
rifice when God had told him to destroy everything.. 
We must find God's will and listen to Him. There is 
an acceptable sacrifice. God chose to redeem Us by 
the sacrifice of His Son, and He will accept no other. 
He is the "Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the 
world J' He wants us to present our bodies a living 
sacrifice, but this is only a reasonable service and 
could not remove sin. 

What then did the law accomplish? Paul says it was 
"our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we 
might be justified by faith." Young people are put 
under a schoolmaster for training for real life. 
Would God put His people under a stern schoolmaster of 
law only to free them and have them become lawless and 
do as they pleased? No, He taught them by the law a~ 
bout Himself. He showed them what was sin and what 
was good and right. We, too, should learn from this 
schoolmaster, but we cannot be justified by it- It 
will never take away our sins. It will not give us 
life or the new nature. We will not be able to stand 
in judgment and point to works, no matter how good and 
•right and self sacrificing they were and say, "Because 
of all I have done I should be declared innocent." 
Jesus described some as saying in that day, "lord, 
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy 
name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many 
wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I 
never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." 

Proverbs 29:21 says, "He that delicately bringeth 
up his servant from a child shall have him become his 
son at the length." It almost seems that this is what 
God did. Israel and the carnal man today became "hung- 
up" on the hired servant attitude. But God treats all 
with gracious favor and wants them to be His sons and 
daughters. In II Corinthians 6; 16-18 we have this In- 
vitation: "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; 
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, 
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and 


I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and 
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord 

Be not as Cain, but be willing to come under the 
perfect sacrifice for sin — to learn of Jesus, and take 
His yoke upon you, and find rest to your souls . — L.C 

( Continued ) 

In the glow of that morning there had come unto His 
feet many whose hunger and thirst must have touched 
the heart of Jesus. He saw them there, crouching near 
the rich and prosperous, who also were hungering and 
thirsting, but not as they, for bread and waterj these 
latter were anxious after power and fame, pleasure, 
and the treasures of earth. He looked deeper than 
their immediate or fancied wants and saw each soul as 
a son of God, with Infinite capacities for greater 
things than these and He said; "Blessed are they 
which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for 
they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6) To be filled 
with righteousness was and is to be in heaven, and to 
Inherit the earth. But righteousness must be its own 
satisfaction and bring with it so much of joy that 
both earth and heaven disappear in the infinite bless- 
edness of the soul. Therefore, the promise is: "They 
shall be filled." Not a foot of earth, not a rod of 
heaven is promised. It must have been painful to 
those who were waiting there with these newly dowered 
disciples to hear no. word about the prospects of the 
new regime which could overturn Rome and establish the 
supremacy of the Jew, and to reflect that, He now 
turned their attention to what was apparently the dry 
abstraction — righteousness. Still more strange did it 
seem, at the first, that His only recommendation for 
righteousness was that it would fill or satisfy them. 
But Jesus was not misleading the new leaders He had 
chosen. Enthusiasm for justice, longing for goodness, 
thirst for the truth which weaves the tissues of a man 
into righteousness — this He knew was the fundamental 


and all-comprehensive spirit He must impart to men if 
God's Fatherhood should ever re-create the world 
through human brotherhood. 

He was truly the new law-giver; righteousness was 
being urged without a thunderbolt of fear behind it. 
Moses did exceedingly fear and quake; the rocks of 
Sinai felt the terror which was to seise upon the hu- 
man soul; but Jesus was revealing love as the power 
that fulfills all law, God in man- ken were to crave 
intensely and yearn for righteousness. It was to 
bring its own reward; the punishment of the unright- 
eous was to consist in the loss of righteousness. As 
they looked up to Him, He was so much the embodiment 
of righteousness that, doubtless, many felt how lov- 
able righteousness is, and without a fear, they hun- 
gered and thirsted after it. It was the purpose of 
Jesus to make justice admirable , truth lovable, good- 
ness imi table, and righteousness a passion of the soul. 

As the souls of men kindled with the longing for 
righteousness and a doubt dared to warm its chilliness 
by that flame, He appeared, to prove that sonship unto 
God is realisable, and that the hungry and thirsty of 
earth may be filled. This beatitude was so visualized 
in Him that goodness appeared to have a new and immor- 
tal victory provided for it, in the willingness of God 
to enter into His child and in the capacity of His 
child to receive Him„ Mi Immortal dawn came before 
the minds of His hearers as this new enthusiasm rose 
up from the ashes of the perished enthusiasms which 
had been aimless and ineffective in them; and the new 
ideal stood pure and beautiful on the graves of old 
ideals which had lived for a moment and then lan- 
guished away. The word righteousness on His lips was 
as warm as the pulsq-beat of humanity. He had shown 
them many times that His righteousness was not the 
righteousness of the Scribes; it was human, because 
divine. He had made it beautiful, as it had taken up 
the loathsomeness of the leper and lifted the para- 
lytic and opened the eyes of the blind. Jesus Himself 
was the pledge that God would have His way with His 
child, man, through the righteousness which ccmes, not 


by fear, but by love. 

As the crowd listened and looked upon Him, He was 
now about to utter another benediction whose promise 
offered a blessing to the soul and proposed a distinct 
addition to character. In this respect it was like 
the benediction concerning those who hunger and thirst 
after righteousness. It is scarcely possible to think 
that Jesus didn't have in mind the fact that the Jews 
of His day, like their forefathers, and like unthink- 
ing Christians of today, believed that there Is some- 
thing in righteousness exclusive of mercy and some- 
thing in mercy antagonistic to righteousness. "Right- 
eousness and peace 11 , "mercy and truth" had been asso- 
ciated in their song and prophecy; but the world had 
still to see love and justice in unity in Him, whose 
vast circumference of thought and purpose related ap- 
parently opposed facts to a divine center. Therefore 
immediately after speaking concerning righteousness $ 
Jesus said: "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall 
obtain mercy. " For the most part, the conduct of the 
religious leaders of His time was not more unrighteous 
than It was unmerciful. We have seen an illustration 
of the lack of sympathy with the pained and sorrowful 
of earth and the want of true sensibility to trouble 
and misfortune in the fact that the Sabbath was held 
to be too sacred for many of the most lofty and gener- 
ous manifestations of divine humanity. 

Out of His own Sonship He spoke when He forecast 
the divine experience which would come to all men, if 
only they were humanly merciful. Because He was the 
brother of all these sorrowful ones, he Himself had 
been merciful. The very fact of being merciful had so 
brought Him Into dear relations with His Father that 
He knew what it was to have the sensibilities of Al- 
mighty love turned tenderly toward Him. The power to 
pity men is power to receive the divine pity. The 
world with which He was now dealing had its most seri- 
ous problem lodged and unsolved in a cold heart. How 
could this heart be warmed? He knew of nothing save 
the sympathy of God which would make man sympathetic. 
Above all other views of the Deity, beyond " all other 


compliments for human nature., He placed mercifulness. 
He Himself had personalized mercy. It was not that He 
would have men adopt a view which would make them 
tolerant enough to decline to destroy one another be- 
cause of diversity of opinions,, but it was that He 
would make mercifulness so much a principle and spring 
of action in them, that, as they touched woe .and 1 
sweetened bitterness, they themselves would obtain 
mercy from above . No room for hate of man or men in 
the human soul; no coarse brutality trampling upon the 
weak; no unforgiving and uncompassionate holding-back 
of generous impulses would Jesus permit If men were 
to be true children of God* The door out of which 
mercy goes like an angel on earth Is the door through 
which mercy shall come an angel from heaven. This 
benediction of Jesus was to set the human heart athrob 
with brotherhood. He was not alone concerned in ut- 
tering a precept. It was impossible that so much of 
the sweet power of pity which He gave to men by His 
teaching and example should not become divinely pas- 
sionate. He was Himself illustrating an enthusiasm. 
The very mercifulness which they learned from Him was 
a warm impulse connecting itself with the mercifulness 
of God, and thus God became lovable . The Eternal 
Gonsoler consoled those and ever consoles those who 
have given consolation to others. (To be continued) 

— By Frank Gunsaulus 

Selected by Kenneth Martin 


If there was a big place 

Where we could all go, 

And exchange all our worries 

And all of our woe, 

I am sure that by evening, 

When we'd heard others' plight, 

We would pick up our burdens 

And consider them light. 

Selected by Nancy Oyler 

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We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old 
Brethren have appointed October 16 and 17, the Lord 
willing , for our Fall Lovefeast Communion to be held 
at our meeting house near Bradford, Ohio. We extend a 
hearty invitation to all our members and friends to 
attend. — Melvin Coning 

Vie, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on November 6 and 7. We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God richly 
bless this coming meething and all who attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 
Maple, Ontario, Canada: August 29 


When I am weary, my Saviour is strong; 
He gives me grace when the journey is long; 
He is the source and the theme of my song, 
For Jesus is leading me Home. 

When I am anxious, my Saviour is there, 
Ready to keep me and lift all my care; 
There's not a trial that He will not share, 
For Jesus is leading me Home. 

When I am lonely, my Saviour's a Friend; 
He brings me joy that I know ne r er will end; 
And e'en time can f t part at eyernity ! s bend, 
Since Jesus is leading me Home. 

Home with the Saviour, what glory we'll share I 
Joy in the midst of that company there! 
Each day as I journey, I make this my prayer: 
Dear Jesus, keep leading me Home I 

By Paul Durham 

Selected by Leona Miller 



ROSA K. BROVONT, daughter of Levi and Katherine Wise 
Ganger j was born February 22 , 1904, in Carroll County- 
near Rockville, Indiana. She departed from this life 
August 29, 1982, at the age of 78 years, 6 months, and 
7 days. She received Christian baptism at an early 
age. Rosa was married to Elmer A. Brovont February 22, 
1931, in the west Goshen area. She and Elmer are the 
parents of Dannie, George, and Marjorie Brovont Stevens. 
She is survived by her companion, children, 13 grand- 
children, and 16 great-grandchildren; also, 2 sisters: 
Elizabeth Sklles of Wakarusa, Indiana; and Effie Yoder 
of Glendale^ California. Early in their marriage they 
moved to a farm near Rossville where they, lived until 
1978 when they moved to Pyrmont. Rosa lived her life 
a faithful member of the Old Brethren Church. She 
passed away at the home of her son George and will be 
keenly missed by her family and friends.. 

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 31, 
at 10:00 A.M. in the Middle fork German Baptist meeting 
house. Officiating were Brethren Melvin Coning,, ■ 
Kenneth Martin, Hollis Flora, Claude Boone, and Stanley 
Brubaker. The text was Luke 23:28, and Hymns 260, 44 7 > 
459, 284, 456, and 499 were used. 

Burial was made in the Middlefork Church Cemetery, 
there to await the first and glorious resurrection. 
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be 
the name of the Lo;rd. 

—The Family 


COVER - A daughter, Jessica Dawn, born August 26 to 
David and Rosemary Cover of Tuolumne, California, 

FASSLFR - A daughter, Sarah Catherine, born September 8 
to Joseph and Mary Ann Fassler of Fortuna, California^ 

Verl Brubaker 26415 CR. 44, Nappanee, Ind. 



Beginning with our next issue, we hope to present a 
series of articles on the Holy Bible and its history. 
I'm sure that to each of us God ! s Word Is precious. 
The Psalmist says, "Thy word Is a lamp unto my feet, 
and a light unto my path." ( 11 9:105) Verse 89 says 
"Forever, Lord, thy word is settled In heaven." And 
verse 130 says "The entrance of thy words giveth light; 
it giveth understanding unto the simple." Jesus said 
(Matthew 24:35), "Heaven and earth shall pass away, 
but my words shall not pass away." So the Bible, 
God r s Word to man, is of utmost importance to us. 

The Brethren people have been among those that 
claim God's Word as their t! rule for faith and practice? 
How thankful we can be that this has been our teaching. 
God's Word should be our daily study, and keeping it 
should be our highest concern. 

world Book Encyclopedia (Volume 2, page 218) says 
"The Bible has been the T world's best seller 1 for many 
years. No other book can equal its record. In one 
single year, enough copies were distributed to average 
forty-seven for every minute of every hour, night and 
day. Hundreds of thousands of copies are given away 
yearly. But the Bible still sells by the millions." 

The Scriptures have not always been so popular in 
the world. There have been times when men were put to 
death for owning this sacred Book. Our Bible has been 
preserved and brought down to us at great cost* God 
is its author. "Ail Scripture is given by inspiration 
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, 
for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly fur- 
nished unto all good works." (II Timothy 3:16,17) 
Peter writes (II Peter 1:21), "For the prophecy came 
not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of 
God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost* n 

May a study of the Holy Word of God and how it came 
down to us be profitable reading in future PILGRIM 
issues. — L.C. 


Jesus says in-- 

Matthew 24.; 21: "For then shall be great tribula- 
tion, such as was not since the beginning of the - world 
to this time, no, nor ever shall be." 

Waddington's History of the Church records regard- 
ing the destruction of Jerusalem "Shortly after the 
death of St* James, an insurrection of the Jews broke 
out, which was followed by the invasion of the Roman 
armies and was not finally suppressed until the year 
70 when the city was overwhelmed by Titus, and utterly 
destroyed. During the continuance of this war, as 
well as through the events which concluded it, the 
Holy Land was subjected to a variety and, intensity of 
suffering, to which no parallel can be found in the 
records of any people." 

Selected by Daniel F. Wolf 


(This 200 year old article appeared in the The Vin - 
dicator September, 1882, telling of a decision of 
Annual Meeting of 1782 held at White Oak, Pennsylvania, 
100 years earlier . It was originally in German, —L.C*) 

At the General Council, after much consultation, we 
hope in the fear of the Lord, it was unanimously decided 
that the unchristian Negro traffic can not under any 
circumstances by peraiitted among the brethren — that is, 
ho member must be allowed to buy and sell Negroes or to 
hold them as slaves. Concurrent with the decision, a 
brother who holds a female and her four children as 
slaves, is required by the Council to set the woman free 
forthwith; and in case she does not wish to leave his 
house, to pay her wages and to emancipate the children 
when they are twenty-one years of age, and in the mean- 
time, to provide them, not only with food and clothing, 
but the means of education. 

Witnessed by: P. Dierdorf, J. Danner, C. Longeneclker, 
K* Beckner, W. Stover, John Zuy, Alexander Mack, John 
Landes, George Miller, M. Pfautz, P. Eigenberger, M. Frantz, 
H. Danner, J. Stull, M. Gaby, Martin Uraer. 
Selected by John Schonwald 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 


One, two, three , four . - . stars in the sky; 
Five hundred, six hundred, what's the use to try? 
Seven thousand. . .eight thousand million, more or less — 
Is there any end to them? We can only guess. 

We can only look at them, stars burning bright, 

And we can delight in them, lamps of the night; 

But God, Who has created them, whose power they proclaim, 

Knows the mighty sum of them, and calls them all byname! 

Did you ever lift up your eyes on a dark clear 
night to see thousands of sparkling stars? Surely you 
have, and their beauty is worth the beholding. 

What are they really? And how far away are they? 
And how many must there be? 

No man living can answer all those questions. The 
oldest scientists on earth, men who have studied stars 
all their lives, can only begin to guess how many stans 
shine in the distance. Their largest telescopes only 
discover more and more stars — farther and farther away. 

Scientists have ways of knowing that stars are very 
large, usually larger and brighter than our Sun, and 
so many millions of miles away that they appear to be 
but tiny spots of light. 

But there is Someone Who knows all the answers to 
all our questions about all those stars; that Someone 
is God, Who made them. His Presence fills Heaven and 
Earth; Ke is in and around and beyond the farthest 
star! Read Psalm H7:4-5 aloud, and say with David, 
"Great is our Lord. ... his understanding is infinite." 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM Sonora. Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
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VOL. 29 OCTOBER, 1982 NO. 10 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


What though before me all is dark, 

Why should I long to see? 
If God gives light for one step more 

r Tis ouite enough for me* 

I find each onward step I take/ 
The gloom clears from the next, 

And though T tis very dark beyond, 
Why should I be perplexed? 

If mercy veils my fate from me, : 

Why should I murmuring gc? 
My present lot might harder be .... 

Did I the future know. 

With childish faith I'll walk along 

My path while here I dwell, 
And trust my future lot to Him 

Who doeth all things well* 

Thus step by step I'll travel on, 

Not looking far before j 
Trusting that I shall always have 

Just light for one step more. 

Selected by Bertie Baker 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Preparing the ground, sowing seed, spraying, care- 
ful weeding, selective pruning— all these labors are 
for the harvest. In the early days of our country 
nearly everyone, including professional men, tilled 
the soil because the harvest was so necessary. There 
were no super markets or even corner grocery stores to 
run to. The harvest determined whether or not the 
colonists could eat through the long winters. If the 
crops were small, food would be • scarce until the next 

fn our spiritual lives, too,: there is a planting 
and a harvest. Of necessity, each one is involved, 
for there is no store or shop 'where we might find the 
products of the spiritual harvest. They must be grown 
-—planted, cultivated, and finally reaped. 

In the book of Galatians, Paul, by the Holy Spirit, 
sp ably proclaims our liberty and privileges under the 
Grace of God. He tells us to "Stand fast therefore in 
the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be 
hoi entangled again with the yoke o£ bondage." (Gala- 
tians 5:1) In this setting of proclaiming liberty, it 
is Ao accident that he also writes these solemn words 
(6; 7,8): »Be not deceived j God is not mocked; for 
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For 
he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap 
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of 
the Spirit reap life everlasting." Notice the two- 
fold nature of this passage: the words of warning 
first, and the inspiring words of promise. 

We are sowing and reaping all our natural lives. 
But it is most important that we begin in youth to sow 
the right seed and seek wisdom from God to know the 
difference. When California was being developed and 
^he central valley became a place for intense farming, 
the Brethren people with many others begaa to move in* 
One brother began planting English walnut trees though . 

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many thought they would not produce well here. Today 
each walnut harvest proves the wisdom and foresight 
of this brother. 

Young people, begin in youth to sow the seed and 
plant the crops that will continue to bless you with 
a spiritual harvest all your days. If you sow to the 
Spirit, your yield will be the fruit of the Spirit 
which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, 
goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. (See Gala- 
tians 5:22,23.) This harvest will see you through any 
hard winter of discouragement, trouble or persecution 
and will be a blessing to those around you as well. 

"Sowing to the flesh" might be compared to allowing 
weeds to get a good start in a garden. Each year they 
shed their fine seeds to root down and spring up 
stronger and more widespread than the year before. In 
Jesus* parable of the sower, these thorns or weeds 
were "the care of this world, and the deceitfulne as of 
riches." They choke out the good seed which is the 
word of God, "and he become th unfruitful." When a 
field grows up with weeds, the wheat, which needs pro- 
tection and good conditions, is simply crowded out. 
Jhe thorns and weeds grow without protection and care. 
It takes work and persistence to root out weeds. How 
much better it is to keep them from getting a startl 

What will the harvest be in your life? The warn- 
ing part of Galatians. 6:7,8 says, "Be not deceived.../' 
Is it possible to be tricked in planting time and 'find 
out too late that the harvest is not right? Could 
some slick salesman sell us the wrong seed? Or could 
we be deceived into thinking that God will not know 
or care what we sow? One who knows seed and knows 
God could not be tricked in either way. A farmer 
aims to know his dealers. We need to know God in His 
Son Jesus Christ, for He has the good seed. In the 
parable of the sower the seed is the wsrd of God. 
(Luke 8:11) In this month's issue is an article sug- 
gesting a schedule of Bible reading' to know God * s 
word. There are other schedules that could be fol- 
lowed. But how important it is te know and to sow 
this word in our lives! If we do this the harvest 
will not be corruption but life everlasting. — L.C. 



w Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the 
law of Christ." 

I have had this subject on my mind for many months. 
In the beginning I would have written it for my own 
benefit but decided it wasn't a good time so just for- 
got about it. Then in the past week it was brought to 
mind again from a remark a sister made. With the help 
of the Spirit, I would like to share some thoughts 
with you that would help us all understand each other 
better and help us help each other. 

There are several ways we can bear each other's 
burdens, but I am just thinking of one at this time. 
The one I ! m thinking about is how can we help each 
other overcome our personal weaknesses. I'm sure I 
won't write about all the ways we can help each other 
but mainly only what I have experienced. 

James 5*16 says, "Confess your faults one to anoth- 
er, and pray one for another. " This verse put into 
practice has been more help to me than anything else. 
In the past we have had problems that we hardly knew 
how to handle and we asked a brother and sister for 
counsel. The sister began by telling her faults and 
how it brought about the wrong desires. And as she 
talked I could see myself in the very same faults. I 
know that did me far more good than if she would have 
listed all my faults and said, "You must quit all that 
and do different." I T m sure it won't often happen 
that we would have '-the same faults as the person we 
ask counsel of, but we need to learn to be more open 
with each other enough that we can know that the other 
person realizes his own shortcomings. In other words, 
I would be more free, to talk with a person who is free 
to confess his own faults than with someone who isn't. 

The last of that verse says, "... and pray one 
for another. " This is written immediately following, 
and we also should do this immediately following. We 
must pray for each other that the Lord will help us 
overcome our faults. 

I feel we have a need to be more open with each 
other and do more confessing but with orlv one desire— 


to help each other and not tear down! When we con- 
fess our own faults first, we aren't likely to crit- 
icize our brother. And if we follow by praying for 
him, we won't be critical. 

The first verse of Galatians 6 says, "Brethren, if 
a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, 
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness j con- 
sidering thyself ,, lest thou also be tempted. * We too 
often criticize others in their faults and don't con- 
sider "thyself, lest thou also be tempted." 

Let us reach out to help others and in doing so 
help ourselves. 

Written in humility, realizing we also fail. 

--Nancy Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana 


In St. Mark 1:19 we read, "James the son of Zeb- 
edee", which is one example in the Bible where the 
father's name is mentioned with the son's as a way of 
knowing who the son is. We see this custom also i*i 
Brazil where we live. When we fill out a record at 
the doctor's office, or our legal documents, etc. we 
have our name, our companion's name, and our parents f 

A Brazilian child is given a first name, then a 
name of its mother's, which is usually the mother's 
maiden name, and a name of its father's, which is 
usually the last jiame ; for example, Wade Mason "of 
Flora. A person can also have more than three names ♦ 
People are mostly called by their first names, and 
we don't say their last names. We say "Senhor (Mr.) 
or Senhora (Mrs.) or Senhorita (Miss)" before the. 
first name. 

When a lady marries she uses her maiden name as 
her middle name, then, of course, her husband's last 
xiaiDe as her last name. 

The Brazilians use a lot of Bible names. It f s also 
common to use Jesus, Divine, Angel and also God. One 
family that .lives near us has four sons named Adam, 
Cain, Abel, and Jesus. 


There are several male and female names the same, 
except for the man the last letter is "o" and for the 
woman the last letter is "a". 

As we see, different countries have different ways 

and customs. 

— Violet ELora 

Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil 


He had now lifted them quite into the region where 
His own heart realised the divine Fatherhood. Right- 
eousness was to enter into them and fill them, merci- 
fulness was to obtain mercy, and these were both mat- 
ters of heart experience, because the righteousness He 
spoke of was not to be an intellectual formulary but 
something to be desired with profound emotion, and 
mercifulness is of the heart's sovereignty. He would 
now go deeper into the history and prophecy of the hu- 
man heart and He said: ri Blessed are the pure in 
heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5*8) The re- 
ward attached to this beatitude is more spiritual and 
more lofty than any of the rest—the beholding of the 
Father in heaven: "they shall see God." This beati- 
tude also gets deeper than man can see, for we can 
know of mercifulness by it m manifestations and acts, 
and we may test righteousness in examining conduct; 
but purity of heart is too personal and private for 
cur probing or weighing, and the vision of God is also 
a possession of the- soul, into whose glory no one else 
may be invited. The whole hope of Jesus for a time 
■cheology rooted itself, not in the convolutions of the 
brain of genius, but in purity of heart. He had not 
come to reform the intellectual life of man by pro- 
posing revolutions which should begin and end in the 
human head, but He Himself was His own proposal to the 
human heart; and He insisted that a pure heart is the 
only prerequisite to a true view of the Mystery of 

He had now led this throng of His followers far 
away from the morality of the Rabbis; and they were 


infinitely removed from the region in which they had 
been fondling their own expectations as to an earthly- 
triumph of the Messiah. Inward purity and the vision 
of God as Father would bring the prodigal home, make 
human brotherhood a missionary force in the world, and 
cleanse society from all defilement. Philosophers had 
sought and would ever be seeking to give to humanity 
some vision of the infinite through long processes of 
reasoning. These necessitated great knowledge and un- 
wonted keenness of intellect. Jesus put Himself be- 
fore and within and behind all His words on the purity 
of man's heart and the revelation of God as the exam- 
ple of purity and the one soul most full of the vision 
of God} and He did this in such wise as to give the 
humblest a participation in His glory and His bless- 
ing. Jesus proved the privilege and prerogative of 
every man. He was love ! s manifesto, and He would 
trust nothing else. 

Jesus was attaching man to man, and man to God, by 
heartcords. The sympathies of society were recreated 
divinely in Him, and He saw humanity being ruled and 
ruling itself only by affection. Above all the prob- 
lem of civilization and within it, ever working with 
means "confederate to one golden end," was Eternal . 
love, His Father. But He saw that something more than 
the vision of God must come to men before they could 
realize their childhood unto God. That vision must 
get into the form of flesh and blood. Only as that 
vision of God is actualized in the sonship which kin- 
dles into brotherhood can a man feel that he is not 
the fabric of Almighty Power but of the very substance 
of Infinite Love. Jesus knew that this was a world in 
arms against itself and that true peace existed no- 
where. He therefore said: "Blessed are the peace- 
makers; for they shall be called the children of God. » 
(Matthew 5:9) Here the man of vision becomes the man 
of action. Mow peacemaking is not accomplished by 
force, nor by genius, nor by fate. It is the highest 
achievement of the spirit of brotherhood. Brotherhood 
means sonship; sonship means fatherhood. Jesus was 
the first of the kings of men to recognize the mighti- 
er triumphs of peace and to push aside the bloody 

.3. 2HS P ILGRIM . _ 

achievements of war. There never was a moment in his- 
tory when a man, possessing His fascination and abil- 
ity, could have more easily plunged the whole world 
into tumult and strife. The Jew was ready with a 
drawn sword to follow another Judas Maccabaeus. Simon 
Peter, who sat before Him, was to draw his sword in 
officious defense of his Master, but the Christ would 
rebuka him. It seemed impossible that the tyranny of 
Rcme could ever be broken without war. Furthermore, 
Jesus saw men and parties, classes and sections, ar- 
rayed against one another. But He knew that by and 
by^ Lis vision of God the Father and His exemplifica- 
tion f :f human brotherhood would lead to peace, the 
only permanent peace, and that then human beings would 
realizB the fact that men are children of God. His 
was a peace which could make no compromise with sin 
out would destroy it with love. It was a peace, not 
of weakness and death, but of power and life. Its 
jubilee would be perpetual in the reign of Love. 

As He came to strike the last note in the octave, 
T .is mind reflected upon the fact that such righteous- 
ness as He imposed, the righteousness of love, must 
suffer serious persecution. He would prepare theae 
disciples for this. One of the phrases in the air was 
riiis: "the kingdom of heaven"j therefore He said; 
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteous- 
ness 1 sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." 
.Matthew 5:10) He knew that men had been persecuted 
-""or the sake of unrighteousness which had been digni- 
fied by kirgs and complimented by priests as righ?*- 
oousnessi but He had. just offered in Himself urd His 
words a definition of righteousness which I§ ikubrget- 
'able* It is something to be yearned for by them, and 
it will satisfy all their divine yearning. To be per- 
secuted for the sake of this righteousness is indeed 
:o possess the kingdom of heaven. To possess the 
kingdom of heaven is for a man to stand valiantly for 
.he things eternal in the midst of turbulent times; 
It is for a soul to bring in upon the self-satisfac- 
tion of the finite the limitless possibilities of the 
infinite j it is for a human being to, so utter forth 
the Fatherfiood of God in his own brotherhood that the 


world of men shall realize the nearness of that which 
is universal. 

In order that He might inspire with this truth 
those who were to be sent forth to evangelize the 
world, He added: "Blessed are ye, when men shall re- 
vile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner 
of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, 
and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in 
heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were 
before you." (Matthew 5s 11 #12 J The mists which hung 
around the grand fact of righteousness cleared away. 
"For my sake" was as personal as "ye" and "you". "Jbr 
my sake" — these were the words that indicate more 
clearly than any other statement in His discourse the 
personalness of all Christian righteousness and mercy 
and meekness and peacemaking and purity. He had taken 
a sapless abstraction, and lo, it was filled with 
juices from the soul of the universe, and its bloom 
was love for Jesus. "For my sake"— this was to be 
written by Love's own hand in crimson letters of 
quenchless devotion upon flags which should lead the 
armies of truth and goodness to the conquest of the 

So Jesus had again been about His "Father's busi- 
ness". What a procession He had organized, and how 
it stretches through all ages! He had marshalled the 
poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, those that 
hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, 
the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those perse*, 
cuted for righteousness' sake into the grand army of 
the kingdom. These were to be the Invincibles. No 
Tenth Legion of Caesar, no Old Guard of Napoleon were 
ever so deeply and inevitably attached to their leader 
as these choice and unconquerable souls should be unto 
Jesus, their King. Love would exemplify its method. 
Sinai was vanishing out of sight in the glory of the 
Mount of Beatitudes. 

—-By Frank Gunsaulus 

Selected by Kenneth Martin 

Pride is the over-estimation of ourselves and the 
underestimation of others. „The Christian Example 



To Christians who do not read God's word wiU a 
goal of at least ten chapters per day. 

Encouragements : 

You will be judged by God's word. Get to know the 
Judge • Make it a goal to knew God's word. Make it 
a g^al to read ten chapters per day (at least tile 
average of ten per day). Make time in each day to 
read. Get up earlier in the morning. Stay up later 
at night* Make it better to read Gcd f s word even when 
sleepy than to stay wide awake and not read it. Seek 
to God in prayer for alertness, wisdom, understanding, 
and efficient use of your time. Job said, "I have 
esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary 
food." Make notes and cross-references in your Bible • 
If you don r t have much time for God's word, it won't 
have much time for you. The second death isn't nrucji 
time compared to eternal life. To know God's word 
is to know Jesus whom He sent. To know Jesus is life 
eternal. Praise God for His word! 

Some resulting facts when using the recommended reading: 

There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. Ten chapters 
per day for one year (3S5 days) equals 3,650 chapters 
or the equivalent of reading the complete Bible three 
times in one year, The actual Bible will be read, in 
its entirety, in 250 days. Any one chapter will have 
been read in the last 250 days, and many, in less 
time. Because of becoming more acquainted with Sod's 
word in a shorter time, no doubt, God's word will be- 
come as a whole or as a unit, instead of being sixty- 
six separate parts or books; yea, even becoming a 
living part of your life. Knowing God's word as a 
unit will help in the study of any single chapter or 

A recommended reading follows. Read to the glory 
and praise mi God and His Christ. 

— Fred Miller 

Sonora, California 




Read one chapter from each of the ten groups for a 
total of ten chapters for each day. The chapters of 
each group are to be read in progression, beginning 
with the first chapter. When the last chapter in that 
group is finished, return to the first chapter in the 
same group and continue reading. Put a list of these 
groups in your Bible for reference, 


1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts 

2. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy 

3. Romans, I & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, 
Philippisns, Colossians, Hebrews 

4. I & 2 Thessalonians, I ■& 2 Timothy, Titus, 
Philemon, James, I ft 2 Peter, 1,.2_, & 3 John, Jude, 

5. Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon 
6* Psalms 

7. Proverbs 

& m Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 
1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemi^h, Esther 

9, Isaiah, ' Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, 
Hosea, Joel, Amos,, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habak- 
kuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi 

10. Read alternately: Hebrews 11 & 1 Corinthians 13 

— Selected by Fred Miller 


ROYER - A son, Zachary Dean, born September 15 to 
Philip and Annette Royer of Elkhart, Indiana, 

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord... 

Psalm 127:3 



The things I didn*t do 

Are like clouds that drift through. 
Some are harmless as they float by; 
Others drop misery from the sky. 

The ones I'd like to forget 
Bring tears of regret. 
No, they are not just a few, 
The things I didn't do* 

That little girl in my class 
Made to cry, while others laughed. 
I wish I*d taken her hand and said, 

"I love you. n 
But this one thing I didn't do* 

I had a neighbor, oh so good, 
Strange and lonely in my neighborhood* 
Often she said, n Come see me 9 too. n 
But this one thing I d±dn ? t do. 

And then a friend, who lost her way 

And in confusion went astray; 

I longed to help her find the Saviour, too, 

But this one thing I didn ? t do* 

Now as memory clouds float by, 
forgive, Father, forgive," I cry. 
"Wash away in my Saviour's bloed, too, 
The sin of things I didn't do* 

— June Pbuntain 


We, the members *cf the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have :agreed to hold our Fall Lcvefeast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on November 6 and 7* We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God richly 
bless this coming mating mid all who attend, 

— Joseph L. Cover 



ELNORA MAY (BALSBAUGH) CLARK, daughter of Albert and 
Phoebe Ellen (Bollinger) Balsbaugh, was born May 26, 
1898, in Indiana. She passed from time to eternity 
on July 22, 1982, at the Englewood Manor Nursing Home, 
Englewood, Ohio; making her sojourn here on earth 84 
years, 1 month, and 26 days. 

At a young age she moved with her parents to 
Colorado, Wisconsin, and Michigan where she grew to 
womanhood. On May 31, 1916, she was married to Paul 
H. Clark. They lived in Michigan, Ohio, and Califor- 
nia. For the last eighteen years they lived near 
Dayton, Ohio, 

She was baptized into. the Old German Baptist Church 
at the age of 16. 

On September 14> 1924, she and her companion were 
called to the office of Deacon, and on September 19, 
1926, they were called to the Ministry. 

Upon different occasions she called for the anoint- 
ing, which gave her much comfort. 

She leaves to mourn her departure her loving com- 
panion of 66 years and 3 children; Floyd W. Clark of 
Springfield, Ohio; Mildred Alice Moritz and her com- 
panion, William, of Dayton, Ohio; and Wilma Ruth at 
home; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; 
two brothers: ELbert Balsbaugh and Paul Balsbaugh; 
four sisters; Mrs. Leroy (Cleo) Garber, Mrs. Frank 
(Alice) Miller, Mrs, Clark (Ruth) Bcocher, and Mrs. 
Aaron (Jane) Layman plus many .nieces and nephews and 
many other relatives and friends. 

Her parents and two brothers, Lloyd and Harry, pre- 
ceded her in death. 

Funeral services were held Monday, July 26, 1982, 
at 12:45 p.m« at Rogers Funeral Home, Trotwood, Ohio. 
Hymn I50 and Psalm 23 were used. Services were con- 
ducted at the Stillwater Church at 1;30 p.m. using 
hymns 358 and 384. St. John 14 was used by the home 
brethren. Mother's body was laid to rest in the 
Lower Stillwater Cemetery. 

— The Family 




(Beginning a series of articles 

on this vast subject) 

BIBLE This word comes from a Greek word meaning book. 
It has come to mean the Book made up of thB inspired 
writings given by God to His holy men cf old — leaders, 
prophets, and apostles. The original languages were 
Hebrew for the Old Testament (except for a few pas- 
sages in Aramaic) and Greek for the NeW Testament. 

PENTATEUCH This name is given to the first iive (penta) 
books of the Old Testament, the beeks of Mhces. 

CANON The collection or list of books cf th6 Bible 
which are accepted by the Christian churches as 
genuine and inspired Holy Scripture s* 

SEPIUAGINT The ancient Greek translation cf.fhe Old 
Testament ♦ The Pentateuch was translated from the 
original Hebrew into Greek by abcut 250- B.C. and 
the rest in the next twe centuries. Tradition says 
that it was accomplished by seventy or seventy-two 
Jewish scholars of Alexandi^ia. This translation 
was used by the early church, 

APOCISPHA Writings or statements cf doubtful author- 
ship or authority. The fourteen bc-oks of the Old 
Testament in the Vulgate that were taken from the 
Septuagent but are not fouijd in Hebrew, now excluded 
from the Authorized Version. Also, early writings 
not admitted to the New Testament* 

translation ordered by King James I published in l6ll. 

DOUAY VERSION An English translation cf the Bible from 
the Vuigate for Roman Catholics. (O.T, 1582^ N.T, 1610) 

VULGATE A Latin version of the Scriptures, mainly the 
work of Jerome in the 4th Century^ used ae the stan- 
dard for the services of the Roman Catholic Church. 

Information from Webst er's Dictionary and Atlas of the 
m hi e f Reader f s Direst) ••— £♦ C * 



Jesus, Thou everlasting King, 
Accept the tribute which We bring; 
Accept Thy well-deserved renown, 
And wear our praises as Thy crown. 

Let every act of worship be 
Like our espousals, Lord, to Thee: 
Like the blest hour, when from above \ 
We first received the pledge of love. 

The gladness of that happy day, 

may it ever, ever stay; 

Nor let our faith forsake its hold, 

Nor hope decline, nor love grow cold. 

Let every moment,, as it flies, 
Increase Thy praise, improve our joys, 
Till we are raised to sing Thy name 
At the great supper of the Lamb. 

— Isaac Watts 

Selected by Susie Wagner 


Again, we, the members #£ the Wakarusa Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call 
of the Master. Keyin Martin and also Kimberly Oyler 
received Christian baptism upon confession of their 
faith in Christ September 1% May they be true to 
Jesus and enjoy the blessings of salvation forever, 

— Melvin Coning 

We of the Salida Congregation rejoiced greatly 
when another precious soul, Ina Cover, was re- 
ceived into our fellowship October 17 by "a public 
confession of faith in Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism. 
May she be faithful and helpful in the Kingdom of God. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


"Lessons Jtom Nature 11 Series 

It is morning. The darkness of the night is past. 
The light of a new day begins to shine. All during the 
night the sky has been black and meaningless j even the 
stars were covered with clouds. But now the sky glows 
a deep red and grows brighter still. Gold, orange, 
red, violet, silver, pink and yellow — these colors and 
many more paint the fast-changing sky as the eastern 
sun rises in its strength. 

The sounds of the night are forgotten as caroling 
birds greet the day. The grass, the trees, the fields 
and flowers that were unseen in the darkness now take 
on fresh beauty. 

It is morning. Children rise from their beds. 
Their parents are busy already, preparing for the du- 
ties of the day. It is a time of activity, a time of 
change, a time of pleasant awakening. 

The years of Childhood are the morning of Life. 
When a child is born, he is weak and helpless. He can 
not speak; neither can he walk. The brightness of his 
unique personality is still unseen. But as he grows in 
years, his true colors are formed and shine forth for 
all to see. As time passes, the faint dawning of baby- 
hood changes to the sunrise of childhood and finally to 
the bright morning of youth and maturity. What a glo- 
rious time it is as each passing hour brings new 
strength and beauty to the happ$ obedient young person. 

Is it not so? Isn't childhood a wonderful gift from 
God — a time to prepare for adult life and the many re- 
sponsibilities it will bring? May the Lord help us 
all to walk as children of light. 

. , —Stanley K. Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM Sonera, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd, 
Tuolumne, Calif. 


VOL. 29 NOVEMBER, 1982 NO. 11 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: u 


Oh Lord, to Thee in cheerful lays 

Our songs cf gratitude arise; 
Accept our grateful^ heartfelt praise, 

Our prayer and humble sacrifice. 

Thy gracious, kindly, loving care 

We see on every hand abounds; 
Thy blessings all the creatures share, 

And all their daily path surrounds. 

Oh can thanksgiving's joyful song 
This graciousness of Thine repay? 

Thy mercy that has waited long, : 

Thy strict account to us. delay? 

We thank Thee for Thy word of power 

That all Thy promises reveal; 
To help us in each trying hour, 

And pent up hearts and lips unseal. 

We thank Thee for salvation free, 

To all who will to Thee confess; 
We yield our hearts and lives to Thee, 

Thy saving power and righteousness. 

We long to greet our coming King 

And dwell with Thee forevermore; 
We now to Thee thanksgiving bring, 

Tc praise and honor and adore. 

— J. I. Cover 

From The Pilgrim , November, 1954 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church, Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, 
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. " (Psalms 

The spirit of thankfulness results from being the 
beneficiary of some favorable circumstance. The 
psalmist repeatedly expressed thanks and praise to the 
Lord for protection and help received in his trials 
and confrontations with his enemies. Read the books 
of Samuel for the colorful history of the psalmist's 
experiences. In this era of grace we also have much 
for which to be thankful. Good families, friends, 
health, and necessities of life all should prompt us 
to thank and praise God. None of these temporal bless- 
ings, however, should be allowed to cause us to neg- 
lect to praise the Lord for our greatest favor, which 
is the forgiveness of sins. and. gift of eternal life in 
Christ Jesus. This greatest of all blessings which 
causes all other aspects of life to fade to insignifi- 
cance is available to all and should cause us always 
to be a thankful people, whatever may be our lot. 

From the earliest of childhood our parents have 
taught us to say thank you when receiving a gift or 
treat. Among close friends and family, the spirit of 
appreciation is often shown in various non-verbal ex- 
pressions and actions. Whatever the means of expres- 
sion, an appreciative person Is a likeable person and 
is easy to be with., Wnen we help someone and there is 
no expression of appreciation it leaves us with a 
rather empty feeling. No, we do not serve for the 
praise of man^ but an appreciative attitude is a re- 
flection of the Christian' spirit which can reinforce 
our spiritual closeness. 

The Christian^ spirit of thanksgiving reaches Its 
fullness in his prayers and devotions to God. If we 
as born again Christians are the temples of th- Lfoly 


Spirit, we are always in the presence of God, and if 
we are in the presence of God we should have the spir- 
it of thanksgiving at all times. This places us in a 
favorable relationship to the Lord which reflects it- 
self in our relations with others whether it be family 
church member, or neighbor. 

None of God's children wishes to rob God of the 
praise due Him, and all praise is due to the Lord* 
Jesus told His followers in Matthew 25*40, "Verily I 
say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto, one of 
the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 
me« n Whether in deed or word, how we treat our broth- 
er, sister, or neighbor is how we will treat our Lord* 
The spirit of thanksgiving is an eternal attribute of 
the redeemed expressed in continuous praise to God* 

tt . . . Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanks- 
giving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our 
God forever and ever." (Revelation 7.12) 

— Joseph E* Wagner 
Modesto, California 


A few weeks ago we had an incident happen that made 
me think how much we sometimes act just like our pigs* 
We have a boar that is a special pet to the girls 
(with the fence between them). When they take food 
out to throw away, he comes up to the fence, and they 
will put the food. in his mouth. When we were canning 
peaches one day, one of the girls took a pan of seeds 
and peelings out to give the pigs. I saw her out by 
the fence feeding the boar. When she came in, she 
said he had gotten too close to the electric fence. 
Then he turned to the sows beside him and started bit- 
ing them, as if it was their fault that he got against 
the electric fence. 

I had to think how much we sometimes act just like 
that boar. We have problems of our own making and 
will bite all those around us and not stop to realize 
that it's our own fault. When we have problems or 

it THE . P ILGRIM _ 

misunderstandings, let us stop and consider-— is it 
really my brother's fault or does the blame begin in 
me? May God help us to truly search our own hearts 
and see if the fault doesn't begin in ME I 

— Nancy Oyler 

New Paris , Indiana 


Does it sometimes, seem that there is nothing new in 
your life? We go along in a pattern of days, weeks, 
months, and years that are much the same. The seasons 
change , but the yearly pattern remains the same. The 
days begin alike, and even our meals, with the variety 
of foods available, still show a pattern of similarity. 
It is no wonder that Peter writes of men who look only 
at this unchanging pattern and say, "Where is the prom- 
ise of. his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, 
all things continue as they were from the beginning." 
(II Peter 3>.U) 

The facts of this matter are that we are creatures 
of habit, and we need this pattern of repetition In 
our lives. Especially for children, the daily repeat- 
ing of family "rituals" (family worship, mealtime, bed- 
time, etc.) speak of stability and dependability. 
Children need this stability to strengthen their trust 
in parents and parental teaching—especially when the 
people of the world around us become bored and tired 
of doing the same things day after day. People today 
may be much like Paul's description of the Greeks in 
Acts 17:21: "(For all the Athenians and strangers 
which were there spent their time in nothing else, but 
either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)" 

But out of this pattern of repetition in the daily 
tasks and experiences there is a part that can be and 
must be "ever new". This is our response to God. The 
Psalmist writes of the new song of praise. One of our 
hymns begins, "New every morning Is the love (of God)," 
and also tells of His "new mercies". His love and 
blessings are not old or stale. And so must our re- 
sponse to Him be new and fresh. 


We hear of the story of young Isaac Watts who be- 
came tired of the old songs. It was a time when few 
new songs of praise were being produced* His father 
suggested he write a new one. He went to his room 
and wrote the hymn we now use: 

Behold the glories of the Lamb 
Amidst His Father 1 s throne; 
Prepare new honors for His name 
And songs before unknown. 

We need both new and old things . Perhaps that is 
what the Saviour means when He tells us (Matthew 13: 
52), "Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto 
the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an 
householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure 
things new and old." The principles of our faith 
must not be changed. "For ever,, Lord, thy word 
is settled in heaven, (Psalm 119:89) 
God is the same; He doesn ! t change. His Word will 
never pass away. We will not have another Gospel. 
But we can have ney songs of praise, new inspiration, 
new joy, new hope, and fresh love for God and one 
another. We live under God's New Covenant of grace 
to man in Jesus Christ. Our life in Christ is new. 
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all 
things are become new." (II Corinthians 5:17) Some 
day there will be a new heaven and a new earth and 
God will make all things new. 

"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even 
praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, 
and shall trust in the Lord." (Psalm 40:3) — L.C. 

I take Him as my holiness, 

My spirit f s spotless, heavenly dress; 
I take "The Lord my righteousness, " 

I take; He undertakes. 

— A . B . Simpson 



Many who read this will remember the events that 
centered around the birth of our son Randy three years 
ago. In all these things the Lord revealed Himself in 
many and varied ways, but what blessed experiences in 
all these as He opened the doors to His will. Praise 
the Lord for all the lessons He wants us to learn and 
may He grant us grace to learn them. We have seen God 
work and know that He willed that Randy live, for he 
has been with us now for three years and has been 
God f s blessing to us each day. One lesson to be 
learned in most any trial of our faith is to be thank- 
ful. Seeing how thankful we should be to God, for He 
is worthy of It all, ws are sometimes neglectful to 
make our expression in this grace of God as we should 
or as we may think we have. One of the doors that 
God opened was terms of three years to pay for Randy's 
bill. In the mercies of God it was paid for in one 
year and eight months. Today, living in God's mercies, 
how thankful we should be; therefore, we again wish to 
express to God and before God our appreciation for all 
who allowed the mercy of God to work In their lives 
and have shared in this experience in thought, word, 
prayer and gift; and our hearts' desire and prayer to 
God is that this will abound to your account in heaven 
before God. It has been a great privilege on our part 
to see, first hand, God working in a reverse in life 
to the glory of H4s Name and to the glory of His Son; 
which has not really been a reverse but a blessing, 
for God is in it. Praise God I May He bless us all in 
the grace and love that came by Jesus Ghrist. Praise 

His Name, Y re( ± y Erma, Gary, Gayle, Amy, and 

Randy Miller Sonora, California 

George Herbert once wrote, "He that cannot forgive 
others breaks the bridge over which he himself must 
pass If he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has 
need to be forgiven, ?i 
: — From The Freedom of F orgiveness by David Augsburger. 



Right now is the time 

To work for the Lord; 
The day is far spent; 

We must seek our reward, 

This tired , old world 

Is approaching its end; 
The sand's running out 

Every day that we spend. 

The shadow of death 

Hovers over us all; 
Not a one of us knows 

When he'll answer its call. 

We can't learn to live 

'Til we learn how to die^ 
Why spend every moment 

Our wants to supply? 

We say for enjoyment, 

For pleasure it brings ^ 
But contentment and pleasure 

Are two different things. 

All riches on earth 

Cannot buy peace of mind 5 
But a conscience that's clear 

Makes it easy to find. 

We could work all our life 

To gain honor and fame 
But nothing's worth more 

Than* to have a good name. 

When the long shadows fall 

Prom our fast-fading sun, 
We'll forget what we have 

But we'll think what we've done. 

— Louis M. Bru baker 
Selected by Stanley Brubaker from January^ 1956, 




No testimonies concerning prayer are more thrilling 
than that of the druggist , who , while he had been 
reared in a Christian home, had, for some reason, be- 
come embittered about the Gospel message. He seemed 
to disbelieve everything he had ever heard about the 
Bible . 

One evening, just before he closed up his store, a 
little girl timidly entered. Wanting to get home, he 
impatiently asked, "Well, what do you want? 11 This 
frightened the girl even morel Hesitatingly, she held 
out her hand which had a slip of paper in it. "Please, 
sir, my mother is sick. Will you get her this medi- 
cine?" He abruptly took the prescription, went to his 
chemicals in the back, and hurriedly filled the order. 
She was quickly sent on her way! 

Turning to put the bottles back in their places, 
preparing to leave for the night, he was horror-strick- 
en J He checked again to make absolutely sure. Yes, it 
it was true I He had made a terrible mistake! With 
an error in just one compound, he had given the girl, 
not medicine, but poison! To make matters worse, the 
little child had gone, and he had no name or address! 
He faced the realization that he would be nothing more 
than a murderer if the woman took the medicine! What 
was there to do? 

Instinctively and impulsively, he fell to his knees 
and prayed, "Oh God, don f t let that poor woman take 
the medicine! I know I've turned my back on You all 
these years, but help me, just this once. It* 11 be 
different, You'll see. But help me just now!" He 
repeated this several times, hardly able to move. 

Just then, the door opened, and he quickly got up 
to see the same little girl, now tears running down 
her cheeks. "Please, mister. Don't be mad at me, 
I'm sorry. I was in such a hurry to get home to my 
mommy to help her with the medicine, that I fell down 
and broke the bottle. Please, mister, won't you give 
me some more for my mommy?" 


The druggist went around the counter, embraced the 
child and assured her, "Sweetheart, of course I 1 11 give 
you morel Don't cry. It 1 11 take me just a minute." 

Glowing with wonder at what God had done, even while 
he prayed, the durggist went home that night with a 
new-found joy in his heart, and a personal realization 
of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

How wonderful the assurance of God's Word, "Call 
upon me in the day of trouble: and I will deliver thee." 

Selected by Leona Miller 


Sister Rosa, your spirit's gone^ 
For it has left this earthly home, 
Has now returned to God on high; 
To us you've bid the last goodbye. 

Your friendship here was very sweet; - 
We seek up there once more to meet 
In realms of joy with God above 
And Christ the Lamb in endless love. 

Sister Rosa, your labor's done; 
Mo more you 1 11 walk beneath the sun; 
You have finished your mortal life, 
Are resting now from pain and strife. 

Your faith in Christ did shine so bright, 
A reflection of God's pure light; 
Its memory cheers us on the way, 
Where Jesus is to endless day. 

Sister Rosa, our hearts are sad 
To break the friendship we have had, 
But there is- hope in our sorrow; 
We'll greet anew some glad morrow. 

Happy morrow! Jesus will raise 
All His redeemed to sing God's praise; 
Everlasting life most glorious, 
Over death and hell victorious. 

— In memory of Sister Rosa Brovont 
By Hollis Edward Flora 



After dinner on a recent Sunday, my wife Sarah was 
watching our young ones as they played with much ani- 
mation and imagination so that Bro. Leslie, Sister 
Martha and I coiQ.d visit the Chateau Convalescent 
Home, We went to visit Bros. Ernest Wagner and 
Joseph Rumble- 

This was a visit I will always remember because it 
crystallized In my thinking the manner in which faith- 
ful Christians meet great personal tragedy and ap- 
proaching death. 

I would guess this was my third visit with Bro. 
Ernest. He is such, a wonderful person. I can ! t help 
but marvel at his courage and good spirits. What a 
sense of humor he has I His smile makes me so happy. 
I am so glad to count him as a friend. 

Bro. Ernest, of course, is not near the final 
stages of life, yet he is a grand example of how a 
perfectly keen mind and youthful spirit can be impris- 
oned in what we might call an almost useless body. 
Oh, but the Holy Spirit which Bro. Ernest has asked 
to dwell with him, in that quiet frame, has taqght all 
of us so much. How he has taught me of Christian 
faith. Only a godly man could have withstood over a 
decade of such affliction yet still radiate God f s 
peace. Without saying a word, Ernest is able to re- 
mind us that even with all of his problems, all is 
well with his soul. Ernest may not have the use of 
two legs, an arm .and a voice, yet he does have Jesus — 
a Jesus which Ernest projects in all His majesty, in- 
filling him completely and giving him the peace that 
goes beyond earthly understanding. 

I had never met Bro. Joseph Rumble. Little did I 
realize I was to meet two Joseph Rumbles that after- 
noon — one through my eyes, the other through ths eyes 
of his daughter, Lois Root. 

My first impression of Joseph was that of an old 
man — one who, I initially felt, was but vaguely aware 
of his surroundings. 

Leslie introduced me. As I approached Bro. Rumble 


I began to see a younger and younger man. Eyes never 
lie, We saluted and I could tell Joseph wondered who 
I was. His mind was inquisitive; it was sharp; it 
was young. 

It is a wonder to me how our physical bodies grow 
old and break down, yet in our minds we never seem to 
a ge — just, hopefully, get wiser. 

And so it seems with Bro. Joseph — an eternally 
young mind and soul again imprisoned in a mortal body, 
I saw a soul approaching the final stages of its 
earthly existence — a soul about to take off on its 
greatest journey. How he must be anticipating it; 
his excitement must be awesome. 

I can remember a couple of years ago being at JFK 
International Airport in New York. Sarah and I were 
about to leave for Paris and were waiting in the de- 
parture area for our flight number to be called. I 
cannot tell you how excited I was — how I was looking 
forward to that adventure. I had heard so much about 
the city. Sarah and I were looking forward to sharing 
many lasting memories. 

We were leaving our children half a world behind 
and flying into unknown situations that caused more 
than just a little apprehension. Yet our excitement, 
our anticipation was so great we could think of few 
things to have kept us from departing. 

I imagine that is the way it must be with Joseph 
Rumble. He is now in the departure area waiting. . • 
waiting for his flight to be called. His adrenalin 
must be building. The excitement of knowing the Lord 
is about to call him to glory. . . to bring him to 
his final reward must be hard to contain. 

As we were about to leave, Lois Root came into the 
room. We sang a so£g for Joseph before Leslie led us 
in a short prayer. 

While singing, I watched Lois as she was looking 
down on her father. There was so much expression in 
her face. It didn't convey pity or anger; rather*, 
radiating from her eyes — in fact, from her entire be- 
ing — flowed an expression of pride. Pride that this 
man was her father ^ pride for the teachings he had 
given her, pride that he had fought the good fight 


and was, even yet, continuing in his faith, knowing 
that eternal life is just around the corner— just a 
flight away. 

In watching Lois Root I could see all these things. 
As I looked back on Joseph Rumble I no longer saw the 
old man — the man trying but not able to express him- 
self in a way I could understand* Now I saw him in 
his prime— fulfilling God's plan for his life with a 
willing and obedient spirit. 

As I bid Bro. Rumble good-by, I told him I wished 
I had known him twenty years earlier.' How I could 
have learned from him. But, you know, he taught me 
quite a lot during the fifteen minutes we spent to- 
gether • I hope I will learn more from Joseph Rumble 
before he is called for his final flight. 

- — John Schonwald 

Modesto, California 


Four hundred and twenty-five years ago, it 
was a crime to own a Bible in English. The ban 
was broken by a few courageous men of God whose 
eyes were open to the need of the people for a 
Bible they could read. One of the greatest of 
this little company of heroes was William Tyniale, 
Because he vowed, "Every plowboy should know uhe 
Scriptures, " he was forced to leave his native 
England, never to return. Working in Europe, 
he labored long years to translate the Bible 
into English. Eg printed the first English New 
Testament in 1525 and with the help of friends 
smuggled thousands of copies into Englani. 
Finally he was arrested and held in solitary 
confinement in a cold, dark jail in Vilvorde, 
Belgium, Then he was choked and burned a*p the 
stake. William Tyndale gave his life to give 
us our Bible, 

— From a tract by the American Bible Society. 



For this issue we offer the introduction of 
Matthew Henry to his commentary on the book of 
Genesis ♦ Matthew Henry, born in Wales in 1662, pro- 
duced his original commentary of the Bible in five 
volumes. It has been useful to generations of 
Christian students for over 250 years. 

We have now before us the holy Bible, or book , for 
so bible signifies. We call it the book , for it is 
incomparably the best book that ever was written, the 
book of books. We call it the holy book, because it 
w&s written by holy men, and indited by the Holy 
Ghost. The great things of God ! s law and gospel are 
here written for us, that they might be transmitted 
to distant places and ages more pure and entire than 
possibly they could be by report and tradition. This 
is the light that shines in a dark place (II Peter 
1:t9 jj and a dark place Indeed the world would be 
without the Bible. 

We have before us that part of the Bible which we 
call the Old Testament . This is called a testament , 
or covenant , because it was a settled declaration of 
the will of God concerning man in a federal way, and 
had its force from the designed death of the great 
testator, the Lamb slaig from the foundation of the 
world . (Revelation TJTS) It is called the Old 
Testament , with relation to the New, which does not 
cancel and supersede it, but crowns and perfects it, 
by the bringing in of that better hope which was 
typified and foretold in it. 

We have before -us that part of the Old Testament 
which we call the Pentateuc h, or five books of Moses. 
In our Saviour's distribution of the books of the Old 
Testament into the law , the prophets , and the psalms , 
or Hagiographa , these are the law . 

We have before us the first and longest of those 

five books, which we call Genesis » written, some 
think, when Moses was in Midian, for the instruction 

U — ^ THE PILQB32S...- ■ 

and comfort of his suffering brethren in Egypt: I 
rather think he wrote it in the wilderness, after he 
had been in the mount with God, where, probably, he 
received full and particular instructions for the 
writing of it. Genesis is a name borrowed from the 
Greek. It signifies the original, or generation : it 
is a history of originals — the creation of iihe world, 
the entrance of sin and death into it, the invention 
of arts, the rise of nations, and especially the 
planting of the church, and the state of it in its 
early days* It is also a history of the generations 
of Adam, Noah, Abraham, etc- The beginning of the New 
Testament is called Genesis too (Matthew 1:1 '/, the 
book of the genesis , or generation , of Jesus Ghrist. 
Blessed be God for that book which shows us oiir remedy, 
as thi^ opens our wound. Lord, open our eyes, that we 
may see the wondrous things both of thy law and gospel! 

— Matthew fjexxry 1 § Commentary , 
page 1 
Leslie F. Church, Editor 


(This article appeared in the April, 1882, 
Vindicator . The writer was Samuel Leedy* ) 


"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only 
j begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should 
l not perish, but have everlasting life.' 1 (John 3:1 6) 

How plainly the nature of God is revealed in His 
word, and when 'we behold His nature, so far as cur 
knowledge and understanding; will reach, we, with the 
divine writer, must say, n God is love" or that His 
/nature is love.^ Surely the love of God towards man 
was great. Time and again man sinned against His will; 
and after all has disobedience, when there was no eye 
to \ pity nor arm to save, God so loved man that He gave 
His only Son for our redemption* And in the life of 
Christ,* behead how He went about doing good. And we 


must conclude that all His acts of kindness came from 
the nature He possessed, which was love and good will 
to men. And, reader, if you will turn to St. John 15: 
9, you will see how great Ghrist loved His disciples. 
It reads thus; "As the Father hath loved me, so have 
I loved you. Gontinue ye in my love. 11 In order to 
continue in His love we must keep His commandments. 

Dear brethren and sisters, can we not rejoice that 
we have a Friend who loves us even down to this day 
and evening of the world? And His love was so great 
that He lay down His life for us. "For greater love 
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life 
for his friends." (St. John 15:13) Should we not 
then return our love to God and His Son, and should 
we not love one another since the members constitute 
the body of Christ? How necessary it is that the 
members of the body love each other, for where there 
is love there is peace, joy, and oneness of mind. 

While writing on the subject of love, my mind runs 
with sorrow to the condition which the church caMe to. 
If the church had continued in her first love and in 
her first mind, she would never have come to the di- 
vided state as at present. Then brethren, let all 
endeavor to watch the borders of Zion, and for the 
love we have for her keep out all that is calculated 
to do harm, and by so doing maintain the spirit of 
love and oneness of mind. 

— Selected by John. Schonwald 

Samson may have looked better after he had his 
hair cut, but he lost his power. The world , the flesh 
and the, devil have given the churches. a hair cut. We 
have renounced our separation and have become conformed 
instead of transformed. And unless there is- repentance 
and humbling before Jod and confession of sin from top 
to bottom in our major church bodies, God may use some 
irregular means as He has done before to call men 

back to Him. 

By Vance Havner in It Is Time , 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 


Not so very far from my boyhood home is a high hill. 
At the base of the hill is a small cabin-like shelter 
with low stone walls and a timber roof. In one of the 
walls is an iron pipe, and flowing from the pipe is 
cool, pure springwater. We boys always loved to stop 
there and drink when we were passing by. 

Everyone enjoys water that is pure/ If a bit of 
dirt is seen in our glass we dump it out and fill the 
cup again- Those who live in hilly or mountainous 
areas like to see large waterfalls and springs and 
mountain streams running with water that is crystal 
clear, as pure as the sunlight and air around it. 

We prefer to eat food that is pure, too. Did you 
ever complain about some dried egg on your "clean" 
oreakfast plate or remove a hair from your soup or 
salad? And we like to breathe air that Is fresh and 
pure — unpolluted with smoke or mold or strong fumes. 

God, too, likes purity. His thoughts are pure. His 
words are pure words, and his laws are pure and right. 
And how He rejoices when He sees his children walking 
in ways that are clean and upright. But how it grieves 
Him, and how it disappoints our guardian angels when 
we allow impure thoughts to fill our minds — thoughts 
we would be ashamed for others to know. And impure 
words and Impure actions — how sad when we allow our 
lives to be stained' with impurity when God has given 
us so many pure and- wonderful things to think of and 
say and do. May we be very careful to live lives as 
pure as springwater; for "even a child is known by his 
doings, whether his work be pure." 
— Stanley K. Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne , Calif . 



VOL. 29 DECEMBER, 1952 NO, 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


Isaiah 9:6 


WONDERFUL* Ah! can it really be 

He came from Heaven just for me? 

To die for my sin, to carry my grief, 

To suffer in silence, to give me release? 

COUNSELOR? Yes, if I only give. heed, 
His word can supply my every need. 
His still, small voice will faithfully guide 
If I only obey and walk by His side. 

THE MIGHTY GOD! The greatest is He 
Though small enough to live -in me* 
He left His throne; He came to earth 
As a little child of humble birth. 

THE EVERLASTING FATHER, the three in one; 
The mighty Father, Spirit, Son; 
Yesterday and today, the Almighty He; 
The same through. all eternity. 

. THE PRINCE OF PEAfE, at Thy birth 
Glad angels sang good will and peace to earth. 
Thou didst bring to earth the peace that r s mine, 
Thou precious, royal Prince divine. 

— Salome Lehman 

Selected from the 

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As I write I am holding a tiny child. He needs com- 
fort just now from one of the many irritations or pains 
babies must feel and cannot describe. He is so help- 
less--so in need of care. Seeing him, it is difficult 
to picture the Son of God a tiny baby, being born in 
Bethlehem, taking on our troubles and needs. God was 
manifest in the flesh. 

Hebrews 2:16 says, "For verily he took not on him 
the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of 
Abraham." This is what happened when Jesus was born 
of the virgin Mary, a Hebrew girl of the lineage of 
Abraham through King David. But Abraham was long gone 
and so was King David. Genesis 25:8; "Then Abraham 
gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old 
man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people." 
About David is written, "So David slept with his fa- 
thers, and was buried in the city of David." (I Kings 
2:10) They both died. And such was the destiny of 
the earthly part of all men with only Enoch and Elijah 
as known exceptions to this decree of death. 

Therefore, to "take on him the seed of Abraham" 
meant to become susceptible to death. In fact, Hebrews 
2 indicates that this is the very reason He did take 
on Him this condition of humanity. Verse 9 reads, 
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than 
the angels for the suffering of death , crowned with 
glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should 
taste death for every man." Verse 14 and 15: "Foras- 
much then as the children are partakers of flesh and 
blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; 
that through death he might destroy him that had the 
power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them 
who through feat; of death were all their lifetime sub- 
ject to bondage." 


In this last verse is mentioned the bondage men 
can be in if they are afraid to die. Death is an 
enemy, and it will eventually be no more* But since 
the victory of Jesus' resurrection, death holds no 
power over those born of the Spirit, We need not fear 
this enemy or be in his bondage, 

Paul did not fear death* ( n For to me to live is 
Christ, and to die is gain M Philippians 1:21) Appar- 
ently, neither did the thousands of other Christian 
martyrs. According to their testimonies, their fear 
was that they might be tempted to yield and deny 
Jesus in order to save their lives. They realized 
they were human and might slip back into this fear, 
Jesus told us, "For whosoever will save his life shall 
lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake 
and the gospel's, the same shall save it," (Mark 8:35) 

We have a hymn that says, M Poor Bethlehem's treas- 
ures are treasures indeed*" If it is true that Jesus 
was born for the purpose of "(abolishing) death, and 
(bringing) life and immortality to light through the :» 
gospel" (II Timothy 1:10), then indeed this is val- 
uable treasure* How many men have paid their fortunes 
to doctors and even to sorcerers and witch doctors to 
somehow keep from dying or even to put off death for 
a few years. The man in Texas executed recently for 
murder sent appeal after appeal — one just minutes be- 
fore his death--tha£ he might have that awful experi- 
ence postponedo But for those redeemed by the blood 
of Jesus, this experience is not dreadful and can be 
welcome when we see the hope beyond the grave. 

Though we know that men will give fortunes and ap- 
peal earnestly to postpone death, we know also how 
utterly ineffective such things are* Wealthy people 
were on the Titanic , but they went down with the rest. 
Men of wealth from Solomon and Nebuchadnezzar to the 
Kennedys and Rockefellers of our time still face the 
same experience. And only in Christ is there value or 
power sufficient to make any difference whatever in 
changing that experience. 

Therefore we believe the words, "Jesus was born to 


die* 11 First He had to be born. And since His 4eath 
and resurrection were effective in overcoming death, 
then the treasures of Bethlehem--and Calvary--are 
treasures indeed, sufficient treasure for the ransom 
of our souls from death—for eternity. --L.C. 


We are all making choices every day, whether tem- 
poral or pertaining to our spiritual life. Our 
choices will either be governed by the flesh (this 
selfish nature) and the devil (the father of lies) who 
is trying to destroy us or by the .Word and Spirit of 
our God, Who desires us to find true joy, peace and 
happiness. If we choose to take the carnal way, we 
will find enjoyment for a season in earthly pleasures 
and in gratifying the flesh and mind but nothing that 
really satisfies or is lasting, !l . . . The way of 
transgressors is hard." (Proverbs 13:15) 

The Lord's way is not often the way man would 
think but is contrary to the flesh so that we cannot, 
do the things that we would. 

We can see, as the newborn begins to develop, the 
selfishness and demanding of his own way soon begin to 
show; also, wanting to be noticed, to be praised and 
honored* I believe to appreciate each other is right 
and good, but as we develop spiritually, we will real- 
ize that every good thing comes from above, and the 
Lord deserves the praise. 

The Lord Jesus has come to redeem us and cleanse 
us from all unrighteousness. May we truly be grateful 
for the forgiveness of sins and the cleansing process 
that can be accomplished by the Spirit He has given 
each child )of His. Lord, help us truly to see the 
liberty thdre is in following Thee by Thy Spirit and 
the bondage in taking our own way and being influenced 
by Satan's power! The choice we make will affect the 
kind of spirit we have. There are many spirits gone 
out into the world. I found it interesting in my 
study to see the many kinds of spirits^ both bad and 


good. Here are a few: spirit of bondage (Romans 8: 
15), spirit of error (I John 4:6), spirit of fear (II 
Timothy 1:7), spirit of jealousy (Numbers 5:14,30), 
perverse spirit (Isaiah 19:14), spirit of slumber 
(Romans 11:8); unclean spirit (Matthew 12:43), a bro- 
ken spirit (Psalm 51:17), faithful spirit (Proverbs 
11:30), good spirit (Psalm 143:10), humble spirit 
(Proverbs 16:19), spirit of meekness (Galatians 6:1), 
patient spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8), and spirit of truth 

(John 14:17)* 

Jesus told Nicodemus, "Ye must be bom again, " and 
"Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he 
cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:7,5) 
If we have believed, repented, and been baptized for 
the remission of sins, we have received the gift of 
the Holy Ghost, May we keep on believing, repenting 
when necessary, and we will be endued with power from 
on high to carry us through the most difficult situa- 
tions . May we stay humble, realizing where our 
strength comes from. 

Just before Jesus was betrayed by Judas, as He was 
praying to the Father on behalf of His followers, He 
said: "Sanctify (to dedicate; to set aside for holy 
uses; to make holy) them through thy truth: thy word 
is truth." (John 17:17) Also, Jesus told Satan in His 
temptation in the wilderness: "It is written, Man 
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4) 

It is amazing, all the denominations; and probably 
all have some good. But how the Lord must look down 
in displeasure at holding one part of truth so strong 
and denying another part. All the truth is for our 
blessing and good. The Lord's way is truth. We will 
either be influenced by tradition and philosophy of 
men or be led in truth by the Word and the Spirit. 
The thought of truth has come to me like a large tree, 
with the roots being the Lord and truth flowing upward 
through the trunk and into all the branches, twigs, 
and leaves. It is so easy for puny man who can be so 
prejudiced to get off balance and go from one extreme 


to another in any part of God's truth* 

I wonder if we don't come short of the will of God 
more in sins of omission than sins of commission. By 
this I mean failing to yield to the Spirit of God, 
It is easy to walk by the letter and in a form, but 
the Bible says, ". • . The letter killeth, but the 
spirit giveth life." (II Corinthians 3:6) Life can 
be an exciting adventure if we can only learn to deny 
self and follow our Lord, trusting Him for everything. 

I heard a little story I thought gave a very good 
lesson on faith and trust. A certain man had 
stretched tight a cable across and above the Niagara 
Falls and was able to walk over, pushing a wheelbarrow 
in front of him. Faith believes he can do it; trust 
is getting in the wheelbarrow and riding* Another 
lesson I received was from a cartoon of a man driving 
his car up a mountain road with signs reading, "Stop 
ahead! Dead end!" The picture showed the road end- 
ing at a drop off of hundreds of feet down. As the 
man was speeding toward the drop off, he was saying, 
'■Nobody tells me what to do. 11 

May we be teachable, and may our foolish pride be 
still. "Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it 
not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching 
daily at my gates s waiting at the posts of my doors. 
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain 
favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me 
wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love 
death." (Proverbs ,8233-36) "The way of the wicked is 
an abomination unto the Lord? but he loveth him that 
followeth after righteousness. Correction is grievous 
unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth 
reproof shall die." (Proverbs 15:9,10) 

May we sit at the feet of Jesus and receive in- 

Written in love, that we all may have a richer, 
fuller, more abundant life in Christ. 

--Kenneth Garber 

Hughson, California 



"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I under * 
stood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I 
became a man, I put away childish things.. 11 

Clear childhood memories are one of the many bless- 
ings of old age. The "childish things" were long ago 
put away. But the richness of this verse is indeed a 
lifelong blessing written in simple words. 

Ah! Yes! As a child, I spoke. 

To understands to think and to reason, words must 
come first. All people and things have word names 
that must be learned first. Even so did God communi- 
cate His thoughts and directions to man in knowledge- 
able words to Adam and Eve. 

Whatever my first babbled efforts to speak may have 
been, the first words of memory ware "Mama", "Papa". 
Their still youthful, loving faces are etched in my 
first memories. There were many love and happy laugh- 
ter times, when I knew that I was not only wanted but 
also belonged to them and the family. Although I soon 
knew their names with which friends addressed them, I 
had no thought to call them "Joe and Annie". Somehow 
in "papa" and "mama" the dignity and honor of the fam- 
ily and home was upheld, even as expressed in Ephe- 
sians 6:2, "Honor thy father and mother; (which is the 
first commandment with promise, , .)" 

Many years later, when parents ourselves, were we 
to realize how these words of parental honor from in- 
nocent lips have a compelling influence on the parents 
to do their best. (And, praise the Lord, they still 

How the mind of the child reaches out for the names 
of things! And with what joy the family enters into 
this experience of childhood learning! How gracious 
and how precious are true words on innocent lips, as 
the little voice and tongue struggles to pronounce 
correctly. In repeating the words used in the home, 
the child is learning not only words, but of much more 
consequence, their meanings, as the understanding and 


thoughtful reasoning grow with the words. 

Profane words, angry words, untrue words soon sully 
and corrupt the innocent mind of the child* They stir 
up the latent fallen nature within, casting doubt and 
dishonor on parent and home. Not only so, but (Prov 8 
15tl) "Grievous words stir up anger, 11 The testimony 
of the Christian home depends largely upon the words 
used by parents and children, Jesus 1 words of "Spirit 
and of life" carry a daily message to young and old, 
Matthew 12s37s "For by thy words thou shalt be justi- 
fied, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned, " 

Household ties are strengthened as the parental 
love for the child is felt in the child 1 s heart as it 
understandably speaks the household names of its par- 
ents, Of course, parent, you declared and taught the 
child to say it, but you taught it the truth. Your 
heart truly rejoices as innocent lips learn to sound 
the names. 

Scriptures show the naming of the baby to be a mat- 
ter of deep concern for home and friends. It can and 
should be a time of sweet togetherness as a new human 
life is launched on its course. Parental bestowed 
names of children are known to God and have often been 
used by Him, • even at times to awaken a sleeping child. 
In I Samuel 3, little Samuel's response is beautiful 
with a deep meanings "Here am I," and finally, 
"Speak, Lord$ for th Y servant heareth," Samuel's 
career as prophet started with these words, A deep 
understanding with thoughtful reasoning filled his 
heart and mind as "he opened the doors of the house 
of the Lord" in the morning, Verse 18 shows him as 
obedient to both the Lord and to the Lord's priest, 

A God-given responsibility rests upon the child 
from the first awakening of the mind to meaningful 
words, Obediencd, properly taught from birth, falls 
in place as the little one happily speaks the parent's 
name with honor. 

The naming of God's first-begotten Son (Hebrews It 
6) was a matter that concerns both heaven and earth, 
"Jesus" speaks of "God's salvation" to a world of 
lost sinners. The fullness of this name, its meaning 
and its power,, goes far bever'' V"* ratural wirr] " r 


man* Its use through nineteen centuries has not ex- 
hausted its power of a daily salvation from sin and 
the ultimate salvation of a new resurrected body in 
which to enjoy and praise God forever 

There is nothing really new in Satan's modern at- 
tack upon the Christian home and its testimony* To- 
day's nationwide appalling breakdown of homes and home 
life is clearly the work of Satan and his hosts* Each 
Christian couple in starting and maintaining a Chris- 
tian home is facing an ancient foe of God who well 
knows the power of subvert ive words of deception* In 
atheistic denial of the God of the universe and His 
Words of Truth, the fact of sin is denied, and the 
words of any language become as playthings for anyone's 
use | written covenants become of no more value than 
the paper on which they are written; "great swelling 
words of vanity' 1 , (II Peter 2*18) and "great swelling 
words 11 of the ungodly (Jude 16) may well be applied to 
much of the great avalanche of words spoken and ' 
printed today. The Christian standard of words of 
Truth is in our Bible, The abiding Holy Spirit within 
ever reminds us that God is listening to each word we 

Bible prophecies indeed speak of dark days ahead, 
"We will not hide them from their children* 11 (Psalm 
78:4) So have Christian children been instructed 
through the centuries in this truth of God's Word* 
But they were also given "songs of deliverance" 
(Psalm 32s7) and of final victory over death and hell 
through our Savior and Lord Jesus* The Spirit and the 
understanding are active in young and old in true 
Christian song* 

In those dark days of the First World War, my 
mother's favorite song chased away much gloom and 
threatening fears* The verses I remember best have 
now stood the test of many such dark days and years* 

Should coming days be cold and dark, 

We need not cease our singingf 
That perfect rest naught can molest 

Where golden harps are ringing* 


Let sorrow 1 ^ rudest tempest blow, 

Each chord on earth to sever, 
Our King says come, and there *s our home 

For ever, oh, for ever! 

~ James D, Cover 

Modesto, California 


Into this world of sin and scorn 
The holy Son of God is born; 
Eternal light of life and hope, 
No more in night need we to grope* 

Into this world, troubled and torn, 
The promised Prince of Peace is born; 
God T s love so great He brings for all, 
Hard hearts from hate and war to call. 

Into this world, sad and forlorn, 
The Word of God in flesh is born; 
'Tis Christ the Lord, a baby boy; 
Glad angels sing with wondrous joy* 

Into this world, weary and worn, 
A Redeemer for man is born; 
Mighty Savior in a manger, 
Come to rescue from death* s danger,. 

Into this world with crown of thorn, 
To bear the' cross, Jesus is born; 
The Lamb of God, faithful and true, 
To bleed and die for me and you. 

Into each heart of sin f s pride shorn, 
The Son of God anew is born; 
"Glory, to God, peace on the earth, 
Good will to men at Jesus f birttu" 

-loruss Sing with great joy, hail happy morn; 
With aingels sing, "Jesus is born!" 
Sing in your heart, God^s love adorn, 
"For onto you the Lord is born!"' 

— Hollis Fl<~-r- 



As time incessantly glides onward 

On Its swift, untiring wings, 
It has taught us many lessons 

By its silent counsellings. - 

There were lessons long in patience 
That sometimes were hard to learn, 

When from our own desires and wishes' -* t • 
Many times we had to turn. 

But harder still, I think, the lessons 
That all must learn from day to day 

Is how to meet and cope with changes 
That are bound to cross our way. 

So much we need the Christian graces, 

And it takes a goodly sum, 
Of faith and fortitude and courage 

To meet these changes as they come.. 

Oh, for strength to take with, kindness 

The wise counsel of the years; 
Surrendering youth, its joys and beauties, 

Without murmurings and tears. 

And to see with undimmed vision 
Beauties that age holds in store , 

With life T s cares and tears behind us, 
And bright hopes of Heaven before. 

By Stella Wenger Good 
Selected by Amos Baker 

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent 
forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might 
receive the adoption of sons. 

— Galatians 4; 5 



The first five books of the Old Testament are 
called the "Books of Moses" and also the "Pentateuch 11 . 
(Penta means five.) They have always been attributed 
to Moses as the writer though modern scholars would 
question even this. We believe, however, that he had 
ancient records of Creation and early history which 
he incorporated into his account. All the events re- 
corded in Genesis, covering a period of about 2500 
years, occurred before Moses' time. Exodus begins 
with God f s people Israel in Egypt and the birth of 
Moses which has been placed somewhere near 1500 B.C. 

Matthew Henry writes in his introduction to his 
commentary on Numberss "The titles of the five books 
of Moses, which we use in our Bibles, are all borrowed 
from the Greek translation of the Seventy, the most 
ancient version of the Old Testament that we know of. 
But the title of this book only (Numbers) we turn into 
English; in all the rest we retain the Greek word it- 

The "Seventy" mentioned above or "Septuagint" was 
the 250 B.C. Greek translation of the first five books 
and later of the rest of the Old Testament Encyclo- 
paedia Brittanica gives the reason for this ancient 
translation from Hebrews 'That population (of the 
Jews in Alexandria) had been steadily increasing since 
the time of Alexander the Great, and while remaining 
loyal to the Hebrew faith had lost its knowledge of 
the Hebrew tongue, Without acquiring that Aramaic 
equivalent which had become the common speech o: 
Palestine, and in which the law and the prophets were 
expounded in the synagogues of Palestine, Faced by 
sheer necessity, the pious Jews of Alexandria wer$ 
resolved to understand the Scriptures which were read 
to them in their own synagogues, and they overcame 
the age-long prejudice of the authorities at Jerusalem 
against the writing of Scripture in any but the old 
holy form. It was natural to begin with the Law, and 
the Greek version of the Pentateuch dates fro^i the 


beginning of the third century B.C." (Vol* 20, p. 336, 
Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1952) 

For testimonies concerning Moses as our writer, we 
present some Scriptures e Jesus said (John 5:46), 
"For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed 
me: for he wrote of me ," 

II Corinthians 3:15, "But even unto this day, when 
Moses is read , the vail is upon their heart." 

Romans 10s5s "For Moses de scribe th the righteous- 
ness which is of the law, That the man which doeth 
those things shall live by them." 

Acts 26*22: "Having therefore obtained help of 
God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to 
small and great, saying none other things than those 
which the prophets and Moses did say should come *" 

Acts 7:37: "This is that Moses, which said unto 
the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your 
God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me$ 
him shall ye hear." 

Mark 12*26 (Jesus' words) s "And as touching the 
dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book 
of Moses , how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, 
I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and 
the God of Jacob?" 

I Kings 8:56 (Solomon's words): "Blessed be the 
Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, 
according to all that he promised: there hath not 
failed one word of all his good promise, which he 
promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 

These and many other Scriptures identify Moses as 
the writer of these books. It doesn't mean that he 
had no assistants to help him. 

We might raise many questions about writings as 
ancient as these. How did Moses receive the records 
from before his time? What "paper" did he. write on? 
What did he use for pen and ink, and what was his 
"desk" like? Who wrote the final words of .Deuteronomy 
recording Moses' death and burial? Perhaps Joshua? 
We might wish for these answers and many others. But 
the important part is that we have this most ancient 
of all records, even thou-h curs are copies and not 

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original manuscripts o Without God's guardianship of 
His sacred truth, it would have been destroyed long 
ago. Enemies are at work trying their worst to dis- 
credit God*s Word or in some way to make it ineffec- 
tive or question its authenticity,, But it stands and 
ever shall stand a record and a monument to the grace 
and mercy of our Heavenly Fathero — L Co 


This poem appeared on the front page of the May, 
1882 Vindicator *, The poet is not namedo 


I saw the farmar toil 
On rough and rugged soil$ 
From early morn *till night, 
He worked with mind and might 

The year rolled on; and then 
I viewed his lands again, 
I found the ground well-tilled, 
His spacious barns well filled^ 

His was a rich reward ; 
And yet I know, dear Lord, 
He must have toiled in vain s 
Without Thy sun and rain c 

I thought of other soil 
On which Thy children toil, 
To root out weeds of sin, 
And plant Thy grace within,. 

There is a little spot 
There Thou hast cast my lot 5 
Thou hast consigned to me 
Young hearts from sorrow free* 

I ! ve sought by toil and prayer 
To reap a harvest there 5 
When will that precious field, 
A plenteous harvest yield? 


I've tried to sow Thy truth. 
Through many years of youth; 
I've marked the tender shoot 
And hoped for early fruit. 

But human hearts, we find, 
Like mother-earth inclined 
To nourish thorns and weeds 
Instead of precious seeds. 

•Selected by John Schonwald 


No warm, downy pillow His sweet head pressed | 
No soft/ silken garments His fair form dressed; 

He lay in a manger, 

This heavenly Stranger, 
The precious Lord Jesus, the wonderful Child* 

No jubilant clang of rejoicing bell. 
The glorious news to the world did tell; 

But angels from glory 

Sang sweetly the story 
Of Bethlehem' s Stranger, the Saviour of men. 

Thou heavenly Stranger, so gentle and mild, 
Though born in a manger, the Father's own Child; 

We'll worship before Thee 

And praise and adore Thee, 
And sing the glad story again and again. 

— Ada Blenkhorn 


FLORA - A son, Ryan Lee, born November 23 to Buford 
and Joan Flora of Nappanee, Indiana* 

Bill Miller 2?13| Veneman Ave., Modesto, Calif. 
(209) 527-4896 95356 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 

Thank God for joys of life so free— 

The sun that shines in majesty. 
The fragrance of the morning air, 
The songs of nature everywhere, 
The notes of praise from birds that sing, 
The flashing color of their wings 
The flowers growing on the earth, 
The dancing water's endless mirth, 
The golden grain that lifts its head 
To promise us our daily bread; 
The mountain peak, the stretching plain, 
The freshness following the rain— 

All these are wonders shared with me! 

Thank God for joys of life so free. 

How many times we forget about the gifts of God! 
Through the night we sleep soundly, unaware that each 
heartbeat is part of His precious gift of life* We 
awaken, stretch, yawn, seldom remembering that each 
fresh breath of air is another of God's gifts, God 
has designed us with a wonderful body (a most generous 
gift), a mind that can think and plan (another amazing 
gift), the freedom of choice, eyesight and other 
senses, and so many more gifts that no man living in 
this world is able to think of them all! 

And to think that these most precious gifts are 
free! May we treasure them — use them well—and love 
the Giver, — Stanley K, Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

192C1 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuo lumne , Calif,